The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the June quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge fund investors endured a torrid quarter, which certainly propelled them to adjust their equity holdings so as to maintain the desired risk profile. As a result, the relevancy of these public filings and their content is indisputable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY).
One of Five Indian Stocks Hedge Funds Are Fond of, Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY) was owned by 16 of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey’s database as of the end of the second quarter, which was flat quarter-over-quarter. However, the value of hedge funds’ positions fell by over $230 million during Q2, even as shares posted double-digit gains. With its 3.55% dividend yield, Infosys was one of 25 Dividend Stocks that Billionaire Ken Fisher is Bullish On as of September 30.
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How are hedge funds trading Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in INFY in the middle of 2017. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the number one position in Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY). Fisher Asset Management has a $420 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $208.9 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Bernard Horn’s Polaris Capital Management, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management and Howard Marks’ Oaktree Capital Management.
Since Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY) has experienced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few fund managers who sold off their positions entirely by the end of the second quarter. Intriguingly, David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management cut the largest investment of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $342.7 million in stock, and David Kowitz and Sheldon Kasowitz’s Indus Capital was far behind this move, as the fund sold off about $8.2 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY) but similarly valued. These stocks are Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL), Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ), Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC), and CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI). This group of stocks’ market values are closest to INFY’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 41 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2.66 billion. That figure was $1.09 billion in INFY’s case. Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC) is the least popular one with only 22 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY) is even less popular than MMC. Considering that hedge funds aren’t fond of this stock in relation to other companies analyzed in this article, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and understand why the smart money isn’t behind this stock.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.