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Hedge fund interest in CAE, Inc. (NYSE:CAE) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare CAE to other stocks including AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL), Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ:AMRN), and HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) to get a better sense of its popularity. Our calculations also showed that CAE isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video below).
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Unlike this former hedge fund manager who is convinced Dow will soar past 40000, our long-short investment strategy doesn’t rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. Let’s take a look at the fresh hedge fund action encompassing CAE, Inc. (NYSE:CAE).
Hedge fund activity in CAE, Inc. (NYSE:CAE)
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CAE over the last 16 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Arrowstreet Capital held the most valuable stake in CAE, Inc. (NYSE:CAE), which was worth $61.7 million at the end of the second quarter. On the second spot was Renaissance Technologies which amassed $52.7 million worth of shares. Moreover, Sandler Capital Management, D E Shaw, and Two Sigma Advisors were also bullish on CAE, Inc. (NYSE:CAE), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.
Seeing as CAE, Inc. (NYSE:CAE) has witnessed a decline in interest from the smart money, we can see that there was a specific group of hedge funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management said goodbye to the biggest position of the 750 funds tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $8.2 million in stock, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $1.4 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as CAE, Inc. (NYSE:CAE) but similarly valued. These stocks are AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL), Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ:AMRN), HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS), and AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to CAE’s market cap.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 24.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $852 million. That figure was $169 million in CAE’s case. Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ:AMRN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks CAE, Inc. (NYSE:CAE) is even less popular than UHAL. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards CAE. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately CAE wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); CAE investors were disappointed as the stock returned -5.1% during the third quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2019.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.