Mercury General Corporation (MCY): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Between June 25 and October 30th the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points as investors worried over the possible ramifications of rising interest rates. The hedge funds and institutional investors we track typically invest more in smaller-cap stocks than an average investor, and we have seen data that shows those funds paring back their overall exposure. Those funds cutting positions in small-caps is one reason why volatility has increased. In the following paragraphs, we take a closer look at what hedge funds and prominent investors think of Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.

Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. At the end of this article, we will also compare Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY) to other stocks, including Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX), Emcor Group Inc (NYSE:EME), and Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the new action regarding Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY).

How are hedge funds trading Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, flat over the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY), worth close to $8.9 million, comprising less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $2.8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, and Lawrence Sapanski’s Scoria Capital.