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Callaway Golf Company (ELY) Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and famous investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds and investors’ positions as of the end of the third quarter. You can find write-ups about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves and analyze what the smart money thinks of Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) based on that data.

Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. Our calculations also showed that ELY isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

Why do we pay any attention at all to hedge fund sentiment? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ large-cap stock picks indeed failed to beat the market between 1999 and 2016. However, we were able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 18 percentage points since May 2014 through December 3, 2018 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that’ll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 24% through December 3, 2018. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

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We’re going to take a look at the key hedge fund action regarding Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY).

What does the smart money think about Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 4% from the second quarter of 2018. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ELY over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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The largest stake in Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $38.4 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Daruma Asset Management with a $38 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Millennium Management, Driehaus Capital, and DC Capital Partners.

As one would reasonably expect, some big names have jumped into Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) headfirst. Sensato Capital Management, managed by Ernest Chow and Jonathan Howe, created the largest position in Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY). Sensato Capital Management had $4.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management also initiated a $1.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Guy Shahar’s DSAM Partners, Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) but similarly valued. These stocks are Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO), Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS), Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO), and Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE:TGS). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to ELY’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CVCO 19 207373 -1
GKOS 14 155052 5
MNRO 10 171029 -3
TGS 9 59002 2
Average 13 148 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $148 million. That figure was $219 million in ELY’s case. Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE:TGS) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

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

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