Is Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (NMCI) Going To Burn These Hedge Funds ?

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Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (NASDAQ:NMCI) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 3 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. At the end of this article we will also compare NMCI to other stocks including Western Copper and Gold Corporation (NYSE:WRN), USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAK), and Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Nathaniel August - Mangrove Partners

Nathaniel August of Mangrove Partners

Unlike the largest US hedge funds that are convinced Dow will soar past 40,000 or the world’s most bearish hedge fund that’s more convinced than ever that a crash is coming, our long-short investment strategy doesn’t rely on bull or bear markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on the best performing hedge funds‘ buy/sell signals. We’re going to take a gander at the key hedge fund action regarding Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (NASDAQ:NMCI).

How are hedge funds trading Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (NASDAQ:NMCI)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 3 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 0 hedge funds with a bullish position in NMCI a year ago. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with NMCI Positions

The largest stake in Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (NASDAQ:NMCI) was held by Mangrove Partners, which reported holding $6.6 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by 683 Capital Partners with a $4.4 million position. The only other hedge fund that is bullish on the company was Magnetar Capital.

Earlier we told you that the aggregate hedge fund interest in the stock was unchanged and we view this as a negative development. Even though there weren’t any hedge funds dumping their holdings during the third quarter, there weren’t any hedge funds initiating brand new positions. This indicates that hedge funds, at the very best, perceive this stock as dead money and they haven’t identified any viable catalysts that can attract investor attention.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (NASDAQ:NMCI) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Western Copper and Gold Corporation (NYSE:WRN), USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAK), Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP), and Newater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:NEWA). This group of stocks’ market caps match NMCI’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
WRN 4 330 2
USAK 6 3579 -5
INAP 9 18298 1
NEWA 1 98 0
Average 5 5576 -0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $6 million. That figure was $11 million in NMCI’s case. Internap Corporation (NASDAQ:INAP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Newater Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:NEWA) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Navios Maritime Containers L.P. (NASDAQ:NMCI) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and 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 34.7% in 2019 through November 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 8.5 percentage points. Unfortunately NMCI wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); NMCI investors were disappointed as the stock returned -18.1% during the fourth quarter (through 11/22) 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 70 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q4.

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