Do Hedge Funds Love Medley Capital Corp (MCC)?

Hedge funds are not perfect. They have their bad picks just like everyone else. Facebook, a stock hedge funds have loved, lost a third of its value since the end of July. Although hedge funds are not perfect, their consensus picks do deliver solid returns, however. Our data show the top 30 S&P 500 stocks among hedge funds at the end of September 2018 yielded an average return of 6.7% year-to-date, vs. a gain of 2.6% for the S&P 500 Index. Because hedge funds have a lot of resources and their consensus picks do well, we pay attention to what they think. In this article, we analyze what the elite funds think of Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC).

Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. At the end of this article we will also compare MCC to other stocks including Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CWCO), FS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSBW), and MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:MDCA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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We’re going to analyze the new hedge fund action surrounding Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC).

How are hedge funds trading Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, no change from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards MCC over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds MCC Positions

More specifically, Moab Capital Partners was the largest shareholder of Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC), with a stake worth $5.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Moab Capital Partners was FrontFour Capital Group, which amassed a stake valued at $5.8 million. Roumell Asset Management, Fondren Management, and Two Sigma Advisors were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Due to the fact that Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC) has experienced a decline in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedge funds who were dropping their positions entirely in the third quarter. Interestingly, James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management cut the largest position of the 700 funds monitored by Insider Monkey, valued at an estimated $0.3 million in stock. Israel Englander’s fund, Millennium Management, also said goodbye to its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC) but similarly valued. These stocks are Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ:CWCO), FS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSBW), MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:MDCA), and Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH). This group of stocks’ market values match MCC’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CWCO 2 5919 -2
FSBW 8 30035 1
MDCA 15 29383 -1
CELH 1 68 -1
Average 6.5 16351 -0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 6.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $16 million. That figure was $19 million in MCC’s case. MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:MDCA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard MDCA might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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