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Is Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC) was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. MIC investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with MIC positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that MIC isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Clint Carlson, Carlson Capital

We’re going to take a peek at the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC).

What have hedge funds been doing with Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC)?

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Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -14% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 37 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MIC heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital has the biggest position in Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC), worth close to $73.6 million, comprising 0.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, which holds a $45.6 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Eduardo Abush’s Waterfront Capital Partners and Bernard Selz’s Selz Capital.

Because Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC) has witnessed a decline in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of money managers who sold off their full holdings heading into Q3. At the top of the heap, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments cut the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $36.5 million in stock, and Gary Claar’s Claar Advisors was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $14.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 4 funds heading into Q3.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE:RBA), Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE:VSM), Equity Commonwealth (NYSE:EQC), and Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX). This group of stocks’ market values are closest to MIC’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
RBA 15 117724 5
VSM 21 543083 4
EQC 17 297467 -7
MLNX 32 846212 -4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 21.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $451 million. That figure was $318 million in MIC’s case. Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE:RBA) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard MLNX might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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