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Superior Industries International Inc. (SUP): Does It Stack Up To Its Peers?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE:SUP) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE:SUP) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. SUP was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with SUP holdings at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare SUP to other stocks including S.Y. Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYBT), Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. Class A (NYSE:OSG), and ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE:SUP)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 13% drop from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SUP over the last 5 quarters, which spiked in Q1, but has otherwise remained mostly flat. So, let’s find out 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, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors has the number one position in Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE:SUP), worth close to $37.9 million. On GAMCO Investors’ heels is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, which holds a $15.6 million position. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. 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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