Hedge Funds Are Betting On Hecla Mining Company (HL)

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Is Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) a healthy stock for your portfolio? The smart money is becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 14 recently.

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Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL)

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Now, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL).

What have hedge funds been doing with Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 200% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL), worth close to $10.4 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, which held a $9.9 million call position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann’s TIG Advisors, Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers have jumped into Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) headfirst. Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, created the most outsized call position in Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL). Pine River Capital Management had 9.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann’s TIG Advisors also made a $5.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management, and John Thiessen’s Vertex One Asset Management.

How are insiders trading Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL). These stocks are Endeavour Silver Corp. (CAN) (NYSE:EXK), Silvercorp Metals Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SVM), Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation (NYSE:CDE), First Majestic Silver Corp (NYSE:AG), and Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SSRI). This group of stocks are in the silver industry and their market caps resemble HL’s market cap.

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