Is Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more incentives and resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments.
Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. At the end of this article we will also compare PAAS to other stocks including BlackLine, Inc. (NASDAQ:BL), Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF), and Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Let’s check out the recent hedge fund action regarding Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS).
How have hedgies been trading Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS)?
At Q4’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 15 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PAAS a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS), which was worth $101.6 million at the end of December. On the second spot was Highbridge Capital Management which amassed $13.3 million worth of shares. Moreover, Sprott Asset Management, Two Sigma Advisors, and Millennium Management were also bullish on Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.
Due to the fact that Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS) has experienced a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there were a few fund managers that decided to sell off their positions entirely in the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management dumped the largest position of the 700 funds tracked by Insider Monkey, worth about $0.9 million in stock. Michael Platt and William Reeves’s fund, BlueCrest Capital Mgmt., also said goodbye to its stock, about $0.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS) but similarly valued. We will take a look at BlackLine, Inc. (NASDAQ:BL), Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF), Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC), and Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to PAAS’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $75 million. That figure was $153 million in PAAS’s case. BlackLine, Inc. (NASDAQ:BL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ:PAAS) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Unfortunately PAAS wasn’t nearly as popular as these 15 stock and hedge funds that were betting on PAAS were disappointed as the stock returned -14.3% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market this year.
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