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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Ryerson Holding Corporation (RYI)

Abigail Fisher

How do we determine whether Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE:RYI) makes for a good investment at the moment? We analyze the sentiment of a select group of the very best investors in the world, who spend immense amounts of time and resources studying companies. They may not always be right (no one is), but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed the market when we adjust for known risk factors.

Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE:RYI) was in 11 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2019. RYI shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers of late. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with RYI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that RYI isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Jonathan Barrett Luminus Management

We're going to go over the new hedge fund action encompassing Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE:RYI).

How are hedge funds trading Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE:RYI)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2019, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 38% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in RYI 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.

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More specifically, Luminus Management was the largest shareholder of Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE:RYI), with a stake worth $6.7 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Luminus Management was AQR Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $3.6 million. D E Shaw, Winton Capital Management, and Millennium Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Winton Capital Management, managed by David Harding, initiated the most outsized position in Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE:RYI). Winton Capital Management had $0.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander's Millennium Management also initiated a $0.6 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Thomas Bailard's Bailard Inc, Bruce Kovner's Caxton Associates LP, and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle's Springbok Capital.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE:RYI). We will take a look at U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:USX), Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSE:CTO), Aquantia Corp. (NYSE:AQ), and Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. (NYSE:WHG). This group of stocks' market valuations resemble RYI's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position USX,12,35594,-1 CTO,8,123882,0 AQ,13,21754,6 WHG,11,52054,2 Average,11,58321,1.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $58 million. That figure was $16 million in RYI's case. Aquantia Corp. (NYSE:AQ) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSE:CTO) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Ryerson Holding Corporation (NYSE:RYI) 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 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. Unfortunately RYI wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); RYI investors were disappointed as the stock returned -10.7% during the same time period 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 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q2.

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

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