Hedge Funds Cashed Out Of LiqTech International Inc (LIQT) During The Crash

In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think LiqTech International Inc (NYSE:LIQT) is a good investment right now. We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, unconventional data sources, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably, but their consensus stock picks historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

Is LiqTech International Inc (NYSE:LIQT) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went down by 3 recently. Our calculations also showed that LIQT isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Chuck Royce

Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates

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Hedge fund activity in LiqTech International Inc (NYSE:LIQT)

Heading into the second quarter of 2020, a total of 3 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -50% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 4 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in LIQT a year ago. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is LIQT A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in LiqTech International Inc (NYSE:LIQT) was held by North Run Capital, which reported holding $2.3 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Royce & Associates with a $2.2 million position. The only other hedge fund that is bullish on the company was G2 Investment Partners Management.

Seeing as LiqTech International Inc (NYSE:LIQT) has faced falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there were a few hedgies that decided to sell off their positions entirely in the third quarter. Interestingly, Nick Thakore’s Diametric Capital dumped the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds watched by Insider Monkey, worth close to $0.9 million in stock. Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s fund, Springbok Capital, also sold off its stock, about $0.5 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds in the third quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to LiqTech International Inc (NYSE:LIQT). We will take a look at Phoenix New Media Ltd ADR (NYSE:FENG), Laredo Petroleum Inc (NYSE:LPI), On Deck Capital Inc (NYSE:ONDK), and Auryn Resources Inc. (NYSE:AUG). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to LIQT’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
FENG 6 8742 1
LPI 7 5369 -6
ONDK 15 34014 -2
AUG 1 85 -2
Average 7.25 12053 -2.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 7.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $12 million. That figure was $5 million in LIQT’s case. On Deck Capital Inc (NYSE:ONDK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Auryn Resources Inc. (NYSE:AUG) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. LiqTech International Inc (NYSE:LIQT) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 7.9% in 2020 through May 22nd and still beat the market by 15.6 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on LIQT as the stock returned 44.5% during the second quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.