A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS).
Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS) has experienced an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. Our calculations also showed that CS isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
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How are hedge funds trading Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 27% from the second quarter of 2019. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CS a year ago. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS), which was worth $137.2 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Orbis Investment Management which amassed $19.3 million worth of shares. Masters Capital Management, Springhouse Capital Management, and Citadel Investment Group were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Springhouse Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS), around 9.28% of its 13F portfolio. Masters Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 1.09 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CS.
As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, established the most valuable position in Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS). Pzena Investment Management had $7.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also made a $0.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new CS position is Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS) but similarly valued. We will take a look at SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI), O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN), and ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble CS’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 32.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1083 million. That figure was $227 million in CS’s case. O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) is the least popular one with only 23 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS) is even less popular than OKE. 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. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on CS, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 7.2% during the fourth quarter (through 11/30) and outperformed the market as well.
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