What Smart Money Thinks of Pretium Resources Inc (PVG)?

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It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE:PVG) .

Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE:PVG) has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with PVG holdings at the end of the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PVG to other stocks including DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE:DRH), KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS), and Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s analyze the latest action regarding Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE:PVG).

How are hedge funds trading Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE:PVG)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, compared to 10 funds at the end of June. On the other hand, there were a total of 6 hedge funds with a bullish position in PVG at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Anchor Bolt Capital, led by Robert Polak, holds the largest position in Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE:PVG). Anchor Bolt Capital has a $40.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Anchor Bolt Capital’s heels is Sun Valley Gold, led by Peter Franklin Palmedo, which holds a $37.9 million position; 1.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management, Roberto Mignone’s Bridger Management and Michael Kaufman’s MAK Capital One. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Sun Valley Gold and Sprott Asset Management) are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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