Is Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NSU) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Is Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSEAMEX:NSU) the right pick for your portfolio? Money managers are betting on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund bets inched up by 7 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that nsu isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s take a look at the key hedge fund action surrounding Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSEAMEX:NSU).

What have hedge funds been doing with Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSEAMEX:NSU)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 88% from the second quarter of 2018. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NSU over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with NSU Positions

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Magnetar Capital, managed by Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser, holds the number one position in Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSEAMEX:NSU). Magnetar Capital has a $55.4 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Halcyon Asset Management, managed by John Bader, which holds a $41.3 million position; the fund has 5.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions comprise Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners and Robert Emil Zoellner’s Alpine Associates.

Now, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Magnetar Capital, managed by Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser, assembled the largest position in Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSEAMEX:NSU). Magnetar Capital had $55.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Bader’s Halcyon Asset Management also made a $41.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new NSU positions are Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners, Robert Emil Zoellner’s Alpine Associates, and Shane Finemore’s Manikay Partners.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSE:NSU) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI), W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:WTI), BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG), and Casella Waste Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST). This group of stocks’ market values are closest to NSU’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SXI 12 24985 -3
WTI 17 152116 0
BSIG 22 140776 4
CWST 16 177698 1
Average 16.75 123894 0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $124 million. That figure was $243 million in NSU’s case. BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Nevsun Resources Ltd. (NYSE:NSU) 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. In this regard BSIG might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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