Meritage Homes Corp (MTH): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is it smart to be bullish on Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH)?

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Thus, it’s important to discuss the newest info about Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH).

How have hedgies been trading Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the largest position in Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH), worth close to $63.7 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Donald Chiboucis of Columbus Circle Investors, with a $23.8 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Douglas Dillard Jr. and Raj D. Venkatesan’s Standard Pacific Capital, Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management and Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital.

Judging by the fact that Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH) has experienced a fall in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there is a sect of hedgies that elected to cut their entire stakes heading into Q2. Intriguingly, Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management said goodbye to the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, comprising an estimated $15.9 million in stock. Drew Cupps’s fund, Cupps Capital Management, also dumped its stock, about $11.5 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH). These stocks are Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA), The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE:RYL), Standard Pacific Corp. (NYSE:SPF), KB Home (NYSE:KBH), and M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC). This group of stocks are in the residential construction industry and their market caps resemble MTH’s market cap.

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