Did Hedge Funds Drop The Ball On DHI Group Inc. (DHX) ?

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Is DHI Group Inc. (NYSE:DHX) an outstanding investment right now? The best stock pickers are becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund bets increased by 1 lately. Our calculations also showed that dhx isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. DHX was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with DHX positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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We’re going to review the recent hedge fund action surrounding DHI Group Inc. (NYSE:DHX).

Hedge fund activity in DHI Group Inc. (NYSE:DHX)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DHX a year ago. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with DHX Positions

More specifically, Nantahala Capital Management was the largest shareholder of DHI Group Inc. (NYSE:DHX), with a stake worth $11.7 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Nantahala Capital Management was Archon Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $7.9 million. Renaissance Technologies, D E Shaw, and Millennium Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Now, key hedge funds have jumped into DHI Group Inc. (NYSE:DHX) headfirst. ExodusPoint Capital, managed by Michael Gelband, established the most outsized position in DHI Group Inc. (NYSE:DHX). ExodusPoint Capital had $0.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Michael Platt and William Reeves’s BlueCrest Capital Mgmt. also initiated a $0.1 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new DHX position is Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as DHI Group Inc. (NYSE:DHX) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Airgain, Inc. (NASDAQ:AIRG), Enzo Biochem, Inc. (NYSE:ENZ), CB Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBFV), and Recro Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:REPH). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble DHX’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AIRG 9 5452 5
ENZ 6 23375 -1
CBFV 2 1615 0
REPH 11 34989 0
Average 7 16358 1

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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 $16 million. That figure was $33 million in DHX’s case. Recro Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:REPH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand CB Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBFV) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks DHI Group Inc. (NYSE:DHX) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on DHX as the stock returned 72.8% during the same period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

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