It seems that the masses and most of the financial media hate hedge funds and what they do, but why is this hatred of hedge funds so prominent? At the end of the day, these asset management firms do not gamble the hard-earned money of the people who are on the edge of poverty. Truth be told, most hedge fund managers and other smaller players within this industry are very smart and skilled investors. Of course, they may also make wrong bets in some instances, but no one knows what the future holds and how market participants will react to the bountiful news that floods in each day. The S&P 500 Index gained 7.6% in the 12 month-period that ended November 21, while less than 49% of its stocks beat the benchmark. In contrast, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the top hedge fund investors tracked by the Insider Monkey team returned 18% over the same period, which provides evidence that these money managers do have great stock picking abilities. That’s why we believe it isn’t a waste of time to check out hedge fund sentiment before you invest in a stock like US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ:USCR).
Hedge fund interest in US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ:USCR) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 23 hedge funds that we track owned the stock on September 30, same as on June 30. At the end of this article we will also compare USCR to other stocks including Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK), Repligen Corporation (NASDAQ:RGEN), and Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE:BGG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ:USCR)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. Smart money ownership has trended back up after a steep slide in Q4 2015, but appears to have hit a wall again at 23 funds. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Scopus Asset Management, managed by Alexander Mitchell, holds the most valuable position in US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ:USCR). Scopus Asset Management has a $34.5 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Steve Cohen of Point72 Asset Management, with a $21.2 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish contain Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Mark Coe’s Coe Capital Management.