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Is Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) ready to rally soon? Prominent investors are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by 1 lately. Our calculations also showed that SCHN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We’re going to check out the key hedge fund action surrounding Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN).
How are hedge funds trading Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 16 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SCHN heading into this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) was held by Vertex One Asset Management, which reported holding $11.4 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Millennium Management with a $10.6 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Citadel Investment Group, Royce & Associates, and Renaissance Technologies.
As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have jumped into Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) headfirst. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, created the biggest position in Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN). Marshall Wace LLP had $2.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management also made a $1.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SCHN positions are David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments, Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) but similarly valued. We will take a look at RadNet Inc. (NASDAQ:RDNT), Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWIR), Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU), and Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble SCHN’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $65 million. That figure was $58 million in SCHN’s case. Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWIR) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.