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Is Southern Copper Corp (SCCO) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.

Is Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO) the right pick for your portfolio? The smart money is actually actually turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings retreated by 1 recently. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with SCCO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Sirius XM Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI), L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB), and Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO).

What have hedge funds been doing with Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -8% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SCCO over the last 5 quarters. 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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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO), worth close to $20 million, corresponding to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Millennium Management’s heels is D E Shaw holding a $12 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. 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-microcap stocks.

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