Should You Avoid Southern Copper Corp (SCCO)?

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Is it smart to be bullish on Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO)?

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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the latest info about Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO).

Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO)

How are hedge funds trading Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -11% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

According to our 13F database, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the most valuable position in Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO), worth close to $50.4 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Carlson Capital, managed by Clint Carlson, which held a $13.4 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Due to the fact Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO) has experienced declining interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of money managers that elected to cut their entire stakes in Q1. It’s worth mentioning that Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company dumped the biggest position of all the hedgies we key on, valued at close to $14.8 million in stock. áIan G. Banwell’s fund, Round Table Investment Management, also sold off its stock, about $1.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds in Q1.

How are insiders trading Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO). These stocks are Lihua International Inc (NASDAQ:LIWA), Augusta Resource Corp. (USA) (NYSEAMEX:AZC), Sterlite Industries India Limited (ADR) (NYSE:SLT), and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX). This group of stocks are in the copper industry and their market caps resemble SCCO’s market cap.

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