Norbord Inc. (OSB): Hedge Funds Taking Some Chips Off The Table

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Norbord Inc. (NYSE:OSB) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. OSB was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2020. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with OSB holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that OSB isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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How are hedge funds trading Norbord Inc. (NYSE:OSB)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2020, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -25% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 7 hedge funds with a bullish position in OSB a year ago. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

The largest stake in Norbord Inc. (NYSE:OSB) was held by Point72 Asset Management, which reported holding $4.7 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Renaissance Technologies with a $3.8 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Millennium Management, Mountaineer Partners Management, and Schonfeld Strategic Advisors. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Mountaineer Partners Management allocated the biggest weight to Norbord Inc. (NYSE:OSB), around 4.66% of its 13F portfolio. Jade Capital Advisors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.37 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to OSB.

Due to the fact that Norbord Inc. (NYSE:OSB) has witnessed declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of hedgies that elected to cut their entire stakes last quarter. At the top of the heap, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors dropped the biggest investment of the 750 funds followed by Insider Monkey, worth an estimated $5.1 million in stock. Karim Abbadi and Edward McBride’s fund, Centiva Capital, also cut its stock, about $0.9 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds last quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Norbord Inc. (NYSE:OSB). These stocks are Black Stone Minerals LP (NYSE:BSM), Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY), OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC), and WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to OSB’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
BSM 3 2190 -1
ELY 23 120223 3
OCFC 9 28760 -6
WCC 32 221143 6
Average 16.75 93079 0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $93 million. That figure was $19 million in OSB’s case. WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Black Stone Minerals LP (NYSE:BSM) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Norbord Inc. (NYSE:OSB) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 12.3% in 2020 through June 30th and still beat the market by 15.5 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on OSB as the stock returned 93% during the second quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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