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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (CHMI)

Between June 25 and October 30th the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points as investors worried over the possible ramifications of rising interest rates. The hedge funds and institutional investors we track typically invest more in smaller-cap stocks than an average investor, and we have seen data that shows those funds paring back their overall exposure. Those funds cutting positions in small-caps is one reason why volatility has increased. In the following paragraphs, we take a closer look at what hedge funds and prominent investors think of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE:CHMI) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.

Is Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE:CHMI) undervalued? Prominent investors are getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions went down by 1 in recent months. The shares of the company were down 6.1% during the quarter, but this decline cannot be credited for the drop in hedge fund interest, unless a detailed analysis is done. Let us find out more about the hedge funds that held positions in Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE:CHMI) at the end of September.

In order to find out the hedge fund behavior towards companies with similar market cap, we will compare Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE:CHMI) to other stocks, including, Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp. (NYSE:AP), and Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:REXX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action regarding Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE:CHMI).

What does the smart money think about Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE:CHMI)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 14% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Paul Magidson, Jonathan Cohen. And Ostrom Enders’s Castine Capital Management has the biggest position in Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corp (NYSE:CHMI), worth close to $4.1 million, accounting for 1.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Mangrove Partners, managed by Nathaniel August, which holds a $2.5 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Renaissance Technologies.