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Is RR Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) A Good Stock To Buy ?

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The financial regulations require hedge funds and wealthy investors that exceeded the $100 million equity holdings threshold to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn't the intention, these filings to a certain extent level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings disclosed the funds' positions on September 30th. We at Insider Monkey have made an extensive database of nearly 750 of those established hedge funds and famous value investors' filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) based on those filings.

Is RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) a bargain? Money managers are turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets increased by 3 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that RRD isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings). RRD was in 15 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with RRD positions at the end of the previous quarter. Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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[caption id="attachment_758477" align="alignnone" width="600"] Andy Redleaf of Whitebox Advisors[/caption]

Andy Redleaf Andrew Redleaf Whitebox Advisors

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How have hedgies been trading RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD)?

At Q3's end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 25% from the second quarter of 2019. By comparison, 15 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in RRD a year ago. With the smart money's sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Is RRD A Good Stock To Buy?

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Don Morgan's Brigade Capital has the most valuable position in RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD), worth close to $5.3 million, corresponding to 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Whitebox Advisors, led by Andy Redleaf, holding a $4.8 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include Boaz Weinstein's Saba Capital, Ron Gutfleish's Elm Ridge Capital and David E. Shaw's D E Shaw. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Elm Ridge Capital allocated the biggest weight to RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD), around 0.91% of its 13F portfolio. Brigade Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.28 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to RRD.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, assembled the biggest position in RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD). Citadel Investment Group had $0.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital also made a $0.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Michael Gelband's ExodusPoint Capital and Michael Platt and William Reeves's BlueCrest Capital Mgmt..

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Denison Mines Corp (NYSEAMEX:DNN), Scholar Rock Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:SRRK), Covia Holdings Corporation (NYSE:CVIA), and Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID). All of these stocks' market caps are closest to RRD's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position DNN,3,1431,-1 SRRK,7,29330,-1 CVIA,8,15347,1 AVID,13,39069,0 Average,7.75,21294,-0.25 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 7.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $21 million. That figure was $16 million in RRD's case. Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Denison Mines Corp (NYSEAMEX:DNN) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) is more popular among hedge funds. 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 RRD, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 6.2% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) and outperformed the market as well.

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

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