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Is Dorchester Minerals LP (DMLP) A Good Stock To Buy?

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While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by the accomodative interest rate environment in the US, increasing oil prices and deteriorating expectations towards the resolution of the trade war with China, many smart money investors kept their cautious approach regarding the current bull run in the third quarter and hedging or reducing many of their long positions. Some fund managers are betting on Dow hitting 40,000 to generate strong returns. However, as we know, big investors usually buy stocks with strong fundamentals that can deliver gains both in bull and bear markets, which is why we believe we can profit from imitating them. In this article, we are going to take a look at the smart money sentiment surrounding Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP).

Hedge fund interest in Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP) 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 DMLP to other stocks including Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI), DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ:BOOM), and Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS) to get a better sense of its popularity. Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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[caption id="attachment_193003" align="alignnone" width="600"] Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates[/caption]

Chuck Royce

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Hedge fund activity in Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP)

At Q3's end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter of 2019. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DMLP a year ago. So, let's check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is DMLP A Good Stock To Buy?

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Horizon Asset Management, managed by Murray Stahl, holds the number one position in Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP). Horizon Asset Management has a $14.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Horizon Asset Management's heels is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $13 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include John R. Wagner's SCW Capital Management, Charles Davidson and Joseph Jacobs's Wexford Capital and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position SCW Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP), around 5.92% of its 13F portfolio. Lucas Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.76 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DMLP.

Earlier we told you that the aggregate hedge fund interest in the stock was unchanged and we view this as a negative development. Even though there weren't any hedge funds dumping their holdings during the third quarter, there weren't any hedge funds initiating brand new positions. This indicates that hedge funds, at the very best, perceive this stock as dead money and they haven't identified any viable catalysts that can attract investor attention.

Let's check out hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP) but similarly valued. These stocks are Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI), DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ:BOOM), Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NYSE:APTS), and Ribbon Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:RBBN). All of these stocks' market caps are similar to DMLP's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position VHI,6,4788,0 BOOM,22,92343,2 APTS,6,9024,-1 RBBN,17,46957,6 Average,12.75,38278,1.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $38 million. That figure was $40 million in DMLP's case. DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ:BOOM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately DMLP wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); DMLP investors were disappointed as the stock returned -4.2% during the first two months of the fourth quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 70 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q4.

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

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