Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (AUY): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

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Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. AUY investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with AUY holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action regarding Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY).

How have hedgies been trading Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Passport Capital, managed by John Burbank, holds the largest position in Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY). Passport Capital has a $35 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Vinik Asset Management, managed by Jeffrey Vinik, which held a $29.2 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management.

Since Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) has faced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there was a specific group of money managers that decided to sell off their full holdings heading into Q2. Intriguingly, Robert Pitts’s Steadfast Capital Management dumped the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we monitor, totaling about $10.9 million in call options, and Matthew Tewksbury of Stevens Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $6.2 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How have insiders been trading Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY). These stocks are Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM), Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN), Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD), AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE:AU), and Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:KGC). This group of stocks are in the gold industry and their market caps are similar to AUY’s market cap.

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