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Is Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM) undervalued? Money managers are taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that GHM isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
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What have hedge funds been doing with Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 14% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in GHM over the last 17 quarters. With the smart money's positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $9.3 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Royce & Associates with a $8.6 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Emancipation Capital, D E Shaw, and Two Sigma Advisors. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Emancipation Capital allocated the biggest weight to Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM), around 5.41% of its 13F portfolio. Harvey Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.17 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GHM.
As one would reasonably expect, some big names were leading the bulls' herd. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, created the biggest position in Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM). Millennium Management had $0.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.
Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM). These stocks are DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:DZSI), BG Staffing Inc (NYSE:BGSF), First Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FGBI), and First Capital, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCAP). This group of stocks' market values match GHM's market value.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position DZSI,9,6452,3 BGSF,9,9131,1 FGBI,1,783,0 FCAP,1,434,0 Average,5,4200,1 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $4 million. That figure was $21 million in GHM's case. DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:DZSI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand First Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FGBI) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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. Hedge funds were also right about betting on GHM, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 7.5% during the first two months of the fourth quarter and outperformed the market as well.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.