Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Reliance Steel & Aluminum (RS) Anymore

At Insider Monkey, we pore over the filings of more than 700 top investment firms every quarter, a process we have now completed for the latest reporting period. The data we’ve gathered as a result gives us access to a wealth of collective knowledge based on these firms’ portfolio holdings as of September 30. In this article, we will use that wealth of knowledge to determine whether or not Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS) makes for a good investment right now.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. At the end of this article we will also compare RS to other stocks including Tesoro Logistics LP (NYSE:TLLP), Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT), and Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the latest action surrounding Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS).

What does the smart money think about Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -9% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the biggest position in Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS), worth close to $169.9 million, comprising 0.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holding a $150.6 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Jorge Paulo Lemann’s 3G Capital and D E Shaw.