Is Diamond S Shipping Inc. (DSSI) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Diamond S Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSSI) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. Our calculations also showed that DSSI 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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Hedge fund activity in Diamond S Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSSI)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -11% from the fourth quarter of 2019. On the other hand, there were a total of 7 hedge funds with a bullish position in DSSI a year ago. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Is DSSI A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Mangrove Partners held the most valuable stake in Diamond S Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSSI), which was worth $18.6 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Fairfax Financial Holdings which amassed $12.1 million worth of shares. 683 Capital Partners, Carlson Capital, and D E Shaw 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 Mangrove Partners allocated the biggest weight to Diamond S Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSSI), around 2.57% of its 13F portfolio. 683 Capital Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 1 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DSSI.

Seeing as Diamond S Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSSI) has experienced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there were a few hedge funds who were dropping their positions entirely by the end of the first quarter. At the top of the heap, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management said goodbye to the largest position of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, totaling close to $5.3 million in stock, and Wayne Cooperman’s Cobalt Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $3.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds by the end of the first quarter.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Diamond S Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSSI). These stocks are Brigham Minerals, Inc. (NYSE:MNRL), Enova International Inc (NYSE:ENVA), Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB), and Mesoblast Limited (NASDAQ:MESO). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to DSSI’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
MNRL 19 54263 -4
ENVA 17 81510 -4
PACB 18 75493 -5
MESO 4 1302 3
Average 14.5 53142 -2.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $53 million. That figure was $51 million in DSSI’s case. Brigham Minerals, Inc. (NYSE:MNRL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Mesoblast Limited (NASDAQ:MESO) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Diamond S Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSSI) 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 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 13.3% in 2020 through June 25th but beat the market by 16.8 percentage points. Unfortunately DSSI wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on DSSI were disappointed as the stock returned -31.3% during the same time period and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

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