Hedge Funds Are Dumping Diana Shipping Inc. (DSX)

How do we determine whether Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) makes for a good investment at the moment? We analyze the sentiment of a select group of the very best investors in the world, who spend immense amounts of time and resources studying companies. They may not always be right (no one is), but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed the market when we adjust for known risk factors.

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. DSX has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with DSX holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Alamo Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALG), CoBiz Financial Inc (NASDAQ:COBZ), and Frontline Ltd (NYSE:FRO) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to analyze the recent action surrounding Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX).

How are hedge funds trading Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX)?

At the Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -20% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, 12 West Capital Management, managed by Joel Ramin, holds the most valuable position in Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX). 12 West Capital Management has a $21.5 million position in the stock, comprising 3.1% of its 13F portfolio. On 12 West Capital Management’s heels is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $11.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions contain David Iben’s Kopernik Global Investors, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Arvind Sanger’s GeoSphere Capital Management.