The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey have plowed through 821 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of March 31st, a week after the market trough. Now, we are almost done with the second quarter. Investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned almost 20% this quarter. In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds thoughtConsolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) was a good investment heading into the second quarter and how the stock traded in comparison to the top hedge fund picks.
Is Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) going to take off soon? Prominent investors were in a bearish mood. The number of long hedge fund positions retreated by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that ED isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).
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What have hedge funds been doing with Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED)?
Heading into the second quarter of 2020, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -4% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 23 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ED a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED), worth close to $372.4 million, corresponding to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $233.6 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that are bullish encompass Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Centenus Global Management allocated the biggest weight to Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED), around 4.85% of its 13F portfolio. Quantamental Technologies is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.93 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to ED.
Judging by the fact that Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) has experienced a decline in interest from the smart money, logic holds that there exists a select few hedge funds who sold off their full holdings by the end of the first quarter. Interestingly, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital dumped the biggest stake of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $43.1 million in stock, and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $34.7 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds by the end of the first quarter.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED). We will take a look at Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM), Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE:BF), and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to ED’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $828 million. That figure was $845 million in ED’s case. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 12.3% in 2020 through June 30th and surpassed the market by 15.5 percentage points. Unfortunately ED wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); ED investors were disappointed as the stock returned -6.8% during the second 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 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.