Hedge funds may not always be right, even collectively, but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed broader market benchmarks. For example, the Goldman Sachs’ VIP list, which includes the 50 stocks that appear the most often among hedge funds’ top-10 largest holdings, has beaten the S&P 500 gauge on a quarterly basis 64% of the time since 2001, including last year, when it delivered impressive 23% returns in a flat market. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs’ list of the 20 ‘Most Concentrated’ stocks, which hedge funds own the highest percentage of in terms of the stock’s float, has gained 18% this year to the S&P 500’s 8% gains. Clearly, it’s worthwhile to pay attention to what hedge funds are buying, so let’s check out the latest 13F filing data to see what they think about Royal Gold, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ:RGLD).
Is Royal Gold, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ:RGLD) an outstanding investment now? Hedge funds are altogether betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets moved up by 2 recently. In this way, there were 19 hedge funds in our database with RGLD holdings at the end of September. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Scotts Miracle-Gro Co (NYSE:SMG), Weatherford International Ltd (NYSE:WFT), and Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX) to gather more data points.
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What does the smart money think about Royal Gold, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ:RGLD)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 12% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 20 hedge funds with a bullish position in RGLD at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, David Iben’s Kopernik Global Investors has the largest position in Royal Gold, Inc (USA) (NASDAQ:RGLD), worth close to $50.6 million, comprising 10.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Murray Stahl of Horizon Asset Management holding a $34.2 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Kopernik Global Investors and Sprott Asset Management) are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.