The third quarter was a rough one for most investors, as fears of an interest rate hike in the U.S, a weakening economy in China, and a stagnant Europe, weighed heavily on the minds of investors. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 sank as a result, with the Russell 2000, which is composed of smaller companies, being hit especially hard. This was primarily due to hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, pulling some of their capital out of the volatile markets during this time. Let’s look at how this market volatility affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Is Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP) worth your attention right now? Investors who are in the know are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund bets dropped by 2 lately. 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 EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH), Crossamerica Partners LP (NYSE:CAPL), and City Holding Company (NASDAQ:CHCO) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the key action encompassing Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP).
How have hedgies been trading Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decline of 9% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings has the largest position in Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP), worth close to $241.1 million, corresponding to 22.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Steelhead Partners, led by Michael Johnston, holding a $57.8 million position; 6.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Francis Chou’s Chou Associates Management, Michael Price’s MFP Investors and Scott Wallace’s Wallace Capital Management.