Is SHYF A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is SHYF a good stock to buy now? The Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHYF) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 18. SHYF has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with SHYF positions at the end of the second quarter. Our calculations also showed that SHYF isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates

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Do Hedge Funds Think SHYF Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At third quarter’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -28% from the second quarter of 2020. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in SHYF a year ago. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is SHYF A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Driehaus Capital held the most valuable stake in The Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHYF), which was worth $18.3 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Royce & Associates which amassed $13.7 million worth of shares. Portolan Capital Management, Manatuck Hill Partners, and EJF Capital were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Manatuck Hill Partners allocated the biggest weight to The Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHYF), around 4.76% of its 13F portfolio. Portolan Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 1.34 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SHYF.

Because The Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHYF) has faced a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there is a sect of funds that elected to cut their entire stakes last quarter. Intriguingly, Josh Goldberg’s G2 Investment Partners Management dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, valued at about $4.5 million in stock. Ken Griffin’s fund, Citadel Investment Group, also dropped its stock, about $1.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 5 funds last quarter.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to The Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHYF). We will take a look at Kadmon Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:KDMN), Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLRC), Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE:AGM), Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI), IES Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:IESC), UP Fintech Holding Limited (NASDAQ:TIGR), and Quotient Technology Inc (NYSE:QUOT). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to SHYF’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
KDMN 24 304665 -5
SLRC 12 20556 0
AGM 11 13712 3
HOLI 13 75165 3
IESC 9 412002 1
TIGR 6 5195 2
QUOT 15 304245 2
Average 12.9 162220 0.9

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $162 million. That figure was $72 million in SHYF’s case. Kadmon Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:KDMN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand UP Fintech Holding Limited (NASDAQ:TIGR) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. The Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHYF) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for SHYF is 41.1. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 32.9% in 2020 through December 8th and still beat the market by 16.2 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on SHYF as the stock returned 46.5% since the end of Q3 (through 12/8) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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