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HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (ZINC): Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Bullish, What Should You Do? – Molycorp Inc (MCP), Hi-Crush Partners LP (HCLP)

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HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. ZINC shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with ZINC positions at the end of the previous quarter.

HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC)

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the recent action regarding HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC).

How are hedge funds trading HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 11% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC). Royce & Associates has a $54 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Mohnish Pabrai of Mohnish Pabrai, with a $21 million position; the fund has 6.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Abby Flamholz and Yehuda Blinder’s ADAR Investment Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC) headfirst. Newland Capital, managed by Ken Brodkowitz and Mike Vermut, assembled the most outsized position in HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC). Newland Capital had 0 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also made a $0 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

How have insiders been trading HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to HORSEHEAD HOLDING CORP. (NASDAQ:ZINC). These stocks are Denison Mines Corp (USA) (NYSEAMEX:DNN), Molycorp Inc (NYSE:MCP), Taseko Mines Limited (USA) (NYSEAMEX:TGB), Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc (USA) (NYSE:TC), and Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP). This group of stocks are the members of the industrial metals & minerals industry and their market caps resemble ZINC’s market cap.

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