Dear Valued Visitor,

We have noticed that you are using an ad blocker software.

Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly depends on them and we can only keep providing you high-quality research based articles as long as we can display ads on our pages.

To view this article, you can disable your ad blocker and refresh this page or simply login.

We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member.

Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Edgen Group Inc (EDG)?: RTI International Metals, Inc. (RTI), Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP)

Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. EDG has experienced an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with EDG positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG)In the financial world, there are a multitude of methods shareholders can use to analyze the equity markets. A pair of the most innovative are hedge fund and insider trading interest. At Insider Monkey, our research analyses have shown that, historically, those who follow the top picks of the top fund managers can outpace the market by a superb margin (see just how much).

Equally as important, optimistic insider trading activity is a second way to parse down the stock market universe. Just as you’d expect, there are lots of stimuli for an executive to cut shares of his or her company, but only one, very simple reason why they would initiate a purchase. Several empirical studies have demonstrated the market-beating potential of this strategy if shareholders understand what to do (learn more here).

With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action encompassing Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG).

Hedge fund activity in Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG)

In preparation for this year, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 43% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Passport Capital, managed by John Burbank, holds the biggest position in Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG). Passport Capital has a $8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Passport Capital’s heels is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $4 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital and Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management.

Now, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Kingdon Capital, managed by Mark Kingdon, assembled the most valuable position in Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG). Kingdon Capital had 4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ryan Schaper’s Point Lobos Capital also made a $2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new EDG investors: Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

How have insiders been trading Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG). These stocks are RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE:RTI), Susser Petroleum Partners LP (NYSE:SUSP), Newport Corporation (NASDAQ:NEWP), Lawson Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAWS), and Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC). This group of stocks belong to the industrial equipment wholesale industry and their market caps are closest to EDG’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
RTI International Metals, Inc. (NYSE:RTI) 5 1 5
Susser Petroleum Partners LP (NYSE:SUSP) 4 0 0
Newport Corporation (NASDAQ:NEWP) 9 0 6
Lawson Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAWS) 4 5 0
Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC) 3 0 0

With the returns exhibited by Insider Monkey’s studies, everyday investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Edgen Group Inc (NYSE:EDG) is no exception.

Click here to learn more about Insider Monkey’s Hedge Fund Newsletter

Insider Monkey’s small-cap strategy returned 37% between September 2012 and March 2013 versus 12.9% for the S&P 500 index. Try it now by clicking the link above.

DOWNLOAD FREE REPORT: Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks

Let Warren Buffett, George Soros, Steve Cohen, and Daniel Loeb WORK FOR YOU.

If you want to beat the low cost index funds by 19 percentage points per year, look no further than our monthly newsletter.In this free report you can find an in-depth analysis of the performance of Warren Buffett's entire historical stock picks. We uncovered Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks and a way to for Buffett to improve his returns by more than 4 percentage points per year.

Bonus Biotech Stock Pick: You can also find a detailed bonus biotech stock pick that we expect to return more than 50% within 12 months.
Subscribe me to Insider Monkey's Free Daily Newsletter
This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.