Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Domtar Corp (USA) (UFS)?

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Is Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS) undervalued? Money managers are becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 3 in recent months.

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Now, let’s take a gander at the recent action encompassing Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 13% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

Domtar Corp (USA) (UFS)Of the funds we track, Scopia Capital, managed by Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich, holds the biggest position in Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS). Scopia Capital has a $54.7 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jeffrey Gates of Gates Capital Management, with a $48.6 million position; 2.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include John Burbank’s Passport Capital, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Dreman Value Management, managed by David Dreman, created the largest position in Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS). Dreman Value Management had 3.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Nick Niell’s Arrowgrass Capital Partners also made a $2.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new UFS positions are Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, and Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital.

How are insiders trading Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS). These stocks are Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM), KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS), Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP), and Fibria Celulose SA (ADR) (NYSE:FBR). All of these stocks are in the paper & paper products industry and their market caps are closest to UFS’s market cap.

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