Should You Buy Vulcan Materials Company (VMC)?

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Is Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) an exceptional investment today? Hedge funds are in an optimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund bets improved by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that vmc isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to analyze the new hedge fund action encompassing Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC).

How are hedge funds trading Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 3% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards VMC over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with VMC Positions

The largest stake in Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) was held by Eminence Capital, which reported holding $338.7 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Soroban Capital Partners with a $173 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Citadel Investment Group, Millennium Management, and Interval Partners.

Consequently, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Soroban Capital Partners, managed by Eric W. Mandelblatt and Gaurav Kapadia, assembled the most outsized position in Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC). Soroban Capital Partners had $173 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital also made a $39.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John Khoury’s Long Pond Capital, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, and Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC). These stocks are Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY), Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC), and Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to VMC’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
INCY 37 3254536 0
ETR 27 1329530 6
LNC 33 1001611 5
SNPS 30 1204856 2
Average 31.75 1697633 3.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 31.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1.70 billion. That figure was $1.34 billion in VMC’s case. Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) is the least popular one with only 27 bullish hedge fund positions. Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard INCY might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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