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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Systemax Inc. (SYX)

Nina Todic

As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in fourth quarter, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with technology among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX) in this article.

Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX) was in 11 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of December. SYX investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with SYX positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that syx isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Chuck Royce

We're going to take a peek at the key hedge fund action surrounding Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX).

Hedge fund activity in Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX)

At Q4's end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -21% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SYX over the last 14 quarters. With hedge funds' capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with SYX Positions

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management has the largest position in Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX), worth close to $7.2 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $4.7 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Chuck Royce's Royce & Associates, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies and George McCabe's Portolan Capital Management.

Judging by the fact that Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX) has experienced falling interest from the smart money, it's safe to say that there was a specific group of money managers that slashed their full holdings heading into Q3. Interestingly, Israel Englander's Millennium Management dropped the largest position of the "upper crust" of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, valued at an estimated $2.4 million in stock, and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron's Algert Coldiron Investors was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $0.5 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds heading into Q3.

Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX) but similarly valued. These stocks are Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ:ADUS), AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:AGMH), Golden Ocean Group Ltd (NASDAQ:GOGL), and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCRX). This group of stocks' market caps match SYX's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ADUS,14,76200,-4 AGMH,1,326,1 GOGL,9,156622,3 BCRX,18,371303,-2 Average,10.5,151113,-0.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $151 million. That figure was $26 million in SYX's case. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCRX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:AGMH) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX) 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. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Unfortunately SYX wasn't nearly as popular as these 15 stock and hedge funds that were betting on SYX were disappointed as the stock returned -6.9% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market this year.

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

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