In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSE:PLG) is a good investment right now. We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, unconventional data sources, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably, but their consensus stock picks historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.
Hedge fund interest in Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSE:PLG) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare PLG to other stocks including Hill International Inc (NYSE:HIL), Manitex International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTX), and IDEAYA Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDYA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSE:PLG)?
At Q1’s end, a total of 3 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 4 hedge funds with a bullish position in PLG a year ago. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSE:PLG) was held by Sprott Asset Management, which reported holding $2.7 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by CQS Cayman LP with a $0.9 million position. The only other hedge fund that is bullish on the company was Citadel Investment Group.
We view hedge fund activity in the stock unfavorable, but in this case there was only a single hedge fund selling its entire position: Renaissance Technologies. One hedge fund selling its entire position doesn’t always imply a bearish intent. Theoretically a hedge fund may decide to sell a promising position in order to invest the proceeds in a more promising idea. However, we don’t think this is the case in this case because only one of the 800+ hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey identified as a viable investment and initiated a position in the stock (that fund was Citadel Investment Group).
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSE:PLG). We will take a look at Hill International Inc (NYSE:HIL), Manitex International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTX), IDEAYA Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDYA), and HireQuest, Inc. (NASDAQ:HQI). All of these stocks’ market caps match PLG’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 6.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $12 million. That figure was $4 million in PLG’s case. Hill International Inc (NYSE:HIL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand HireQuest, Inc. (NASDAQ:HQI) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Platinum Group Metals Limited (NYSE:PLG) 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 7.9% in 2020 through May 22nd and still beat the market by 15.6 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on PLG as the stock returned 22.1% during the second quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.