General Steel Holdings Inc (GSI): Hedge Funds Are Bullish

Citadel investment groupGeneral Steel Holdings Inc (NYSE:GSI) was in 2 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. GSI investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There was 1 hedge fund in our database with GSI holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the recent action surrounding General Steel Holdings Inc (NYSE:GSI).

What have hedge funds been doing with General Steel Holdings Inc (NYSE:GSI)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 2 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 100% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

Consequently, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, established the most valuable position in General Steel Holdings Inc (NYSE:GSI). Citadel Investment Group had less than $1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about General Steel Holdings Inc (NYSE:GSI)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, General Steel Holdings Inc (NYSE:GSI) 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 General Steel Holdings Inc (NYSE:GSI). These stocks are Ossen Innovation Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:OSN), China Gerui Adv Mtals Grp Ltd (NASDAQ:CHOP), Synalloy Corporation (NASDAQ:SYNL), Friedman Industries (NYSEAMEX:FRD), and Sutor Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:SUTR). This group of stocks are in the steel & iron industry and their market caps are similar to GSI’s market cap.