We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Golden Star Resources Ltd. (USA) (NYSEMKT:GSS) , and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Golden Star Resources Ltd. (USA) (NYSEMKT:GSS) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with GSS positions at the end of the previous quarter. There were 9 bullish funds at the end of Q3. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as San Juan Basin Royalty Trust (NYSE:SJT), Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE:ODC), and Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action surrounding Golden Star Resources Ltd. (USA) (NYSEAMEX:GSS).
Hedge fund activity in Golden Star Resources Ltd. (USA) (NYSEMKT:GSS)
At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 125% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in GSS over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in Golden Star Resources Ltd. (USA) (NYSEMKT:GSS). Renaissance Technologies has a $9.2 million position in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions inlude Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Solomon Kumin’s Folger Hill Asset Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.