BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (BMCH)Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

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BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest of late. BMCH was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with BMCH positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that bmch isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Michael Price, MFP Investors

We’re going to take a glance at the fresh hedge fund action encompassing BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH).

What does the smart money think about BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 9% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BMCH over the last 13 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with BMCH Positions

The largest stake in BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH) was held by Lakewood Capital Management, which reported holding $33.2 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by MFP Investors with a $23.6 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Odey Asset Management Group, Highland Capital Management, and Raging Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Odey Asset Management Group, managed by Crispin Odey, initiated the biggest position in BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH). Odey Asset Management Group had $17.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $1.7 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Endurance International Group Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:EIGI), Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE:HTGC), iKang Healthcare Group Inc (NASDAQ:KANG), and Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ:KNSA). This group of stocks’ market values match BMCH’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
EIGI 15 144114 0
HTGC 10 19814 0
KANG 13 225754 3
KNSA 9 282489 -5
Average 11.75 168043 -0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $168 million. That figure was $169 million in BMCH’s case. Endurance International Group Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:EIGI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ:KNSA) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMCH) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.