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Is Olympic Steel, Inc. (ZEUS) A Good Stock to Buy?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZEUS) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZEUS) a superb investment right now? The smart money is really becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund bets dropped by 1 in recent months. 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 Patriot National Inc (NYSE:PN), JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JASO), and LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE:LXU) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZEUS)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 10% drop from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 6 hedge funds with a bullish position in ZEUS at the beginning of this year, which has climbed by 50% in 2016. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the largest position in Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZEUS), worth close to $8.2 million. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $3.5 million position. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish comprise Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds, which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.

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