Hedge Funds Have Never Been Less Bullish On Schnitzer Steel Industries (SCHN)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their June 28 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) for your portfolio? We’ll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.

Is Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) the right investment to pursue these days? Prominent investors are selling. The number of bullish hedge fund bets shrunk by 2 recently. Our calculations also showed that SCHN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video below). SCHN was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with SCHN positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Paul Marshall Marshall Wace

Unlike former hedge manager, Dr. Steve Sjuggerud, who is convinced Dow will soar past 40000, our long-short investment strategy doesn’t rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. Let’s analyze the key hedge fund action encompassing Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN).

Hedge fund activity in Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -14% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SCHN over the last 16 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with SCHN Positions

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN), worth close to $7.5 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Marshall Wace LLP, led by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, holding a $4.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

Judging by the fact that Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there were a few hedgies who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp sold off the biggest stake of the 750 funds followed by Insider Monkey, totaling about $0.4 million in stock. Matthew Hulsizer’s fund, PEAK6 Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds last quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN). We will take a look at United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBNK), Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:CMO), Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE), and Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTX). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to SCHN’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
UBNK 9 70766 1
CMO 9 26655 1
TYPE 19 172272 -2
ABTX 6 20638 -1
Average 10.75 72583 -0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $73 million. That figure was $29 million in SCHN’s case. Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTX) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately SCHN wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on SCHN were disappointed as the stock returned -20.4% during the third quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

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