Is AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (AUQ) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ) a good investment?

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Furthermore, we’re going to examine the latest info about AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ).

AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ)

Hedge fund activity in AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ)

At Q2′s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Peter Franklin Palmedo’s Sun Valley Gold had the biggest position in AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ), worth close to $15.3 million, accounting for 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Michael Kaufman of MAK Capital One, with a $10.9 million position; 2.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s GRT Capital Partners.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names have jumped into AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ) headfirst. Sun Valley Gold, managed by Peter Franklin Palmedo, initiated the most outsized position in AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ). Sun Valley Gold had 15.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Michael Kaufman’s MAK Capital One also made a $10.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new AUQ investors: Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, and Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Kroch’s GRT Capital Partners.

Insider trading activity in AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ)

Insider buying is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time frame, AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to AuRico Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AUQ). These stocks are Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE:HMY), IAMGOLD Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IAG), Central GoldTrust (NYSEAMEX:GTU), NovaGold Resources Inc. (USA) (NYSEAMEX:NG), and Allied Nevada Gold Corp. (NYSEAMEX:ANV). This group of stocks are in the gold industry and their market caps are closest to AUQ’s market cap.

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