Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Domtar Corp (USA) (UFS) Anymore

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Is Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS) ready to rally soon? Hedge funds are unambiguously selling. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings decreased by 6 lately. UFS was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with UFS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare UFS to other stocks including Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD), Drew Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DW), and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action surrounding Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -33% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 19 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in UFS heading into this year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holds the most valuable position in Domtar Corp (USA) (NYSE:UFS). Arrowstreet Capital has a $23.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $9.3 million call position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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