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This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NOR)

Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR)Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. NOR has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with NOR positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the recent action regarding Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR).

How have hedgies been trading Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 10% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, holds the most valuable position in Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR). D E Shaw has a $5.8 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On D E Shaw’s heels is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $2.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Highbridge Capital Management, managed by Glenn Russell Dubin, created the biggest position in Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR). Highbridge Capital Management had 0.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital also made a $0.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR) has seen 2 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results demonstrated by the aforementioned studies, retail investors must always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (NYSE:NOR) is no exception.

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