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Is Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (RS) A Good Stock To Buy?

A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended June 28, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS).

Is Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are getting less bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions were cut by 4 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that RS isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video below).
5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds
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Unlike former hedge manager, Dr. Steve Sjuggerud, who is convinced Dow will soar past 40000, our long-short investment strategy doesn’t rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. Let’s review the new hedge fund action encompassing Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS)?

Heading into the third quarter of 2019, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -17% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in RS over the last 16 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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More specifically, Scopus Asset Management was the largest shareholder of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS), with a stake worth $72.5 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Scopus Asset Management was Royce & Associates, which amassed a stake valued at $70.6 million. AQR Capital Management, Luminus Management, and Winton Capital Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Due to the fact that Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) has experienced falling interest from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of hedgies who sold off their full holdings by the end of the second quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp said goodbye to the biggest stake of the 750 funds monitored by Insider Monkey, worth an estimated $2 million in stock. Sara Nainzadeh’s fund, Centenus Global Management, also dumped its stock, about $1.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds by the end of the second quarter.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) but similarly valued. These stocks are Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL), Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), Jones Lang LaSalle Inc (NYSE:JLL), and Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE:EHC). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble RS’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
NWL 29 1131918 -1
NKTR 19 228273 2
JLL 23 984740 0
EHC 23 507276 -1
Average 23.5 713052 0

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $713 million. That figure was $288 million in RS’s case. Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) is the least popular one with only 19 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) is even less popular than NKTR. Hedge funds clearly dropped the ball on RS as the stock delivered strong returns, though hedge funds’ consensus picks still generated respectable returns. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on RS as the stock returned 5.9% during the third quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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

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