Hedge Fund Sentiment Is Stagnant On Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (SSSS)

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Hedge fund interest in Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:SSSS) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare SSSS to other stocks including Middlefield Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:MBCN), Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA), and CB Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBFV) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:SSSS)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SSSS over the last 18 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Bulldog Investors was the largest shareholder of Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:SSSS), with a stake worth $2.8 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Bulldog Investors was Intrinsic Edge Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $1.9 million. Callodine Capital Management, Millennium Management, and Arrowstreet Capital were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Bulldog Investors allocated the biggest weight to Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:SSSS), around 1.49% of its 13F portfolio. Callodine Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.48 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SSSS.

We view hedge fund activity in the stock unfavorable, but in this case there was only a single hedge fund selling its entire position: Beach Point Capital Management. One hedge fund selling its entire position doesn’t always imply a bearish intent. Theoretically a hedge fund may decide to sell a promising position in order to invest the proceeds in a more promising idea. However, we don’t think this is the case in this case because only one of the 800+ hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey identified as a viable investment and initiated a position in the stock (that fund was Marshall Wace LLP).

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:SSSS). We will take a look at Middlefield Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:MBCN), Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA), CB Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBFV), and Union Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNB). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to SSSS’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
MBCN 4 10830 -1
GMDA 5 7222 0
CBFV 4 2765 -2
UNB 1 547 0
Average 3.5 5341 -0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 3.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $5 million. That figure was $8 million in SSSS’s case. Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Union Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNB) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:SSSS) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks returned 12.2% in 2020 through June 17th but still managed to beat the market by 14.8 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on SSSS as the stock returned 48.1% so far in Q2 (through June 17th) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

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