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Is Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ:DCIX) going to take off soon? The best stock pickers are becoming less hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund bets were cut by 3 lately. DCIX was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with DCIX 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 Comstock Resources Inc (NYSE:CRK), PRGX Global Inc (NASDAQ:PRGX), and Camtek LTD. (NASDAQ:CAMT) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action regarding Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ:DCIX).
How are hedge funds trading Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ:DCIX)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -43% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, 12 West Capital Management, managed by Joel Ramin, holds the most valuable position in Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ:DCIX). 12 West Capital Management has a $24.2 million position in the stock, comprising 3.5% of its 13F portfolio. On 12 West Capital Management’s heels is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $0.8 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that hold long positions comprise Richard Mashaal’s Rima Senvest Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
Because Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ:DCIX) has experienced falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there were a few hedgies that elected to cut their positions entirely by the end of the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management dropped the biggest stake of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, totaling about $0.1 million in stock. Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s fund, GRT Capital Partners, also dropped its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds by the end of the third quarter.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ:DCIX) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Comstock Resources Inc (NYSE:CRK), PRGX Global Inc (NASDAQ:PRGX), Camtek LTD. (NASDAQ:CAMT), and Frequency Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FEIM). This group of stocks’ market values match DCIX’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $9 million. That figure was $26 million in DCIX’s case. PRGX Global Inc (NASDAQ:PRGX) is the most popular stock in this table, while the least popular one is hand Camtek LTD. (NASDAQ:CAMT). With 4 bullish hedge fund points, Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ:DCIX) has the same popularity as the least popular stock in this table – CAMT. This indicates that hedge funds aren’t fond of this stock in relation to other companies analyzed in this article. To comprehend why the smart money isn’t behind this stock, more detailed analysis is needed. This doesn’t necessarily mean that this stock isn’t worth considering, as it is possible that investors thought of it as overvalued because they weren’t considering the bullish thesis. In any case, further research is advisable.