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Is Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (SA) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months.

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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action surrounding Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA).

Hedge fund activity in Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 17% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

Chuck Royce

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA), worth close to $80.6 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Weiss Asset Management, managed by Andrew Weiss, which held a $27.9 million position; the fund has 19.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Trey Reik’s Bristol Investment Partners, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names have jumped into Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA) headfirst. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, established the most valuable position in Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA). Millennium Management had 0.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

How are insiders trading Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA). These stocks are Nevsun Resources (USA) (NYSEAMEX:NSU), Aurizon Mines Ltd. (USA) (NYSEAMEX:AZK), Alamos Gold Inc (NYSE:AGI), Rubicon Minerals Corp. (USA) (NYSEAMEX:RBY), and Gold Resource Corporation (NYSEAMEX:GORO). All of these stocks are in the gold industry and their market caps match SA’s market cap.