As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, hedge funds delivered their best returns in a decade. Most investors who decided to stick with hedge funds after a rough 2018 recouped their losses by the end of the fourth quarter of 2019. A significant number of hedge funds continued their strong performance in 2020 and 2021 as well. We get to see hedge funds’ thoughts towards the market and individual stocks by aggregating their quarterly portfolio movements and reading their investor letters. In this article, we will particularly take a look at what hedge funds think about Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE:GSV).
Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE:GSV) investors should pay attention to a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE:GSV) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 8. Our calculations also showed that GSV isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).
Hedge funds’ reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. Hedge funds have more than $3.5 trillion in assets under management, so you can’t expect their entire portfolios to beat the market by large margins. Our research was able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by more than 115 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). So you can still find a lot of gems by following hedge funds’ moves today.
Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management
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Do Hedge Funds Think GSV Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -50% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 4 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GSV a year ago. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Peter Franklin Palmedo’s Sun Valley Gold has the largest position in Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE:GSV), worth close to $21 million, corresponding to 7.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Sprott Asset Management, managed by Eric Sprott, which holds a $1.8 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Ali Motamed’s Invenomic Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and . In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Sun Valley Gold allocated the biggest weight to Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE:GSV), around 7.45% of its 13F portfolio. Sprott Asset Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.11 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GSV.
Seeing as Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE:GSV) has experienced a decline in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedgies who were dropping their full holdings last quarter. Intriguingly, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors dumped the biggest investment of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $0.1 million in stock, and Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $0.1 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds last quarter.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Gold Standard Ventures Corp (NYSE:GSV) but similarly valued. These stocks are RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET), Velocity Financial, Inc. (NYSE:VEL), scPharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:SCPH), RGC Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGCO), Agile…