We at Insider Monkey have gone over 821 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of March 31st, near the height of the coronavirus market crash. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (NYSE:USAS) based on that data.
Is Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (NYSE:USAS) a buy, sell, or hold? Hedge funds are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets moved up by 3 lately. Our calculations also showed that USAS 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). USAS was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2020. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with USAS positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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So, why do we pay attention to hedge fund sentiment before making any investment decisions? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by more than 58 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter. Even if you aren’t comfortable with shorting stocks, you should at least avoid initiating long positions in stocks that are in our short portfolio.
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Hedge fund activity in Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (NYSE:USAS)
At Q1’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 60% from the fourth quarter of 2019. On the other hand, there were a total of 1 hedge funds with a bullish position in USAS a year ago. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Sprott Asset Management was the largest shareholder of Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (NYSE:USAS), with a stake worth $2.1 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Sprott Asset Management was CQS Cayman LP, which amassed a stake valued at $0.8 million. Renaissance Technologies, Two Sigma Advisors, and Diametric Capital 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 Sprott Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (NYSE:USAS), around 0.19% of its 13F portfolio. Diametric Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.17 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to USAS.
Consequently, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Renaissance Technologies, initiated the most valuable position in Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (NYSE:USAS). Renaissance Technologies had $0.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Nick Thakore’s Diametric Capital also initiated a $0.1 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (NYSE:USAS) but similarly valued. These stocks are Protara Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TARA), Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:SIFY), Shore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHBI), and Marlin Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ:MRLN). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to USAS’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 5.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $37 million. That figure was $4 million in USAS’s case. Protara Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:TARA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:SIFY) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (NYSE:USAS) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above 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 12.2% in 2020 through June 17th but still beat the market by 14.8 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on USAS as the stock returned 50% in Q2 (through June 17th) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.