Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Metals USA Holdings Corp (MUSA)?

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Is Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA) a sound stock to buy now? The smart money is becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 2 lately.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action encompassing Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA).

How are hedge funds trading Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 25% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA)According to our comprehensive database, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw had the most valuable position in Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA), worth close to $15 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $13.8 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Robert Emil Zoellner’s Alpine Associates, Nancy Havens-Hasty’s Havens Advisors and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.

Now, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Alpine Associates, managed by Robert Emil Zoellner, assembled the biggest position in Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA). Alpine Associates had 9.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Nancy Havens-Hasty’s Havens Advisors also made a $4.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new MUSA investors: Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

How are insiders trading Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA). These stocks are Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC), Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC), AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS), SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC), and Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK). This group of stocks belong to the steel & iron industry and their market caps match MUSA’s market cap.

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