Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About SunCoke Energy, Inc (SXC) Anymore

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SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action surrounding SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC).

What does the smart money think about SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 22 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -4% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC)Of the funds we track, Daniel Lewis’s Orange Capital had the biggest position in SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC), worth close to $57.4 million, comprising 8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Park West Asset Management, managed by Peter S. Park, which held a $43.8 million position; the fund has 4.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Michael Blitzer’s Kingstown Capital Management, Jay Petschek and Steven Major’s Corsair Capital Management and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.

Judging by the fact that SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC) has faced bearish sentiment from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few funds that slashed their entire stakes at the end of the first quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Scott Scher & Michael Prober’s Clovis Capital Management sold off the largest position of the 450+ funds we key on, worth close to $6.5 million in stock.. Youlia Miteva’s fund, Proxima Capital Management, also said goodbye to its stock, about $2.7 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds at the end of the first quarter.

How have insiders been trading SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time frame, SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to SunCoke Energy, Inc (NYSE:SXC). These stocks are Grupo Simec S.A.B. de C.V. (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:SIM), Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK), Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC), Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC), and Metals USA Holdings Corp (NYSE:MUSA). This group of stocks are in the steel & iron industry and their market caps are similar to SXC’s market cap.

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