Does Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s quickly check the hedge fund interest towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on satellite photos and other research activities, so it is no wonder why they tend to generate millions in profits each year. It is also true that some hedge fund players fail inconceivably on some occasions, but net net their stock picks have been generating superior risk-adjusted returns on average over the years.
Is Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG) worth your attention right now? The best stock pickers are betting on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 1 recently. Our calculations also showed that TG isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings). TG was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with TG positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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How have hedgies been trading Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TG over the last 17 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, GAMCO Investors held the most valuable stake in Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG), which was worth $64.2 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Arrowstreet Capital which amassed $3.4 million worth of shares. Renaissance Technologies, Royce & Associates, and Two Sigma Advisors were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Zebra Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG), around 0.58% of its 13F portfolio. GAMCO Investors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.54 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TG.
Consequently, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, initiated the most outsized position in Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG). Millennium Management had $0.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace also initiated a $0.3 million position during the quarter.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG) but similarly valued. These stocks are Akero Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRO), Intellia Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTLA), Customers Bancorp Inc (NYSE:CUBI), and National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCMI). This group of stocks’ market valuations match TG’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $54 million. That figure was $73 million in TG’s case. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCMI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Akero Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRO) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on TG, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 10.3% during the first two months of the fourth quarter and outperformed the market.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.