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How Many Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC) Shares Do Institutions Own?

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The big shareholder groups in Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ:HWCC) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Houston Wire & Cable is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$104m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about HWCC.

Check out our latest analysis for Houston Wire & Cable

NasdaqGS:HWCC Ownership Summary, May 12th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Houston Wire & Cable?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

We can see that Houston Wire & Cable does have institutional investors; and they hold 63% of the stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It's therefore worth looking at Houston Wire & Cable's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:HWCC Income Statement, May 12th 2019

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. It would appear that 9.9% of Houston Wire & Cable shares are controlled by hedge funds. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. We're not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Houston Wire & Cable

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Houston Wire & Cable Company. It has a market capitalization of just US$104m, and insiders have US$4.9m worth of shares, in their own names. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 22% stake in HWCC. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the last twelve months, which refer to the 12-month period ending on the last date of the month the financial statement is dated. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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