At the end of February we announced the arrival of the first US recession since 2009 and we predicted that the market will decline by at least 20% in (see why hell is coming). In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each stock might be going. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE) at the end of the first quarter and determine whether the smart money was really smart about this stock.
Is Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE) ready to rally soon? Investors who are in the know were becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 1 lately. Our calculations also showed that HAE 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 does smart money think about Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE)?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 3% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HAE over the last 18 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE), which was worth $217.7 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Healthcor Management LP which amassed $143.3 million worth of shares. Eminence Capital, Point72 Asset Management, and Nitorum Capital 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 Healthcor Management LP allocated the biggest weight to Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE), around 6.13% of its 13F portfolio. BeaconLight Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 5.93 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to HAE.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Point72 Asset Management, managed by Steve Cohen, created the largest position in Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE). Point72 Asset Management had $45.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management also made a $24.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new HAE positions are Ed Bosek’s BeaconLight Capital, George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management, and Minhua Zhang’s Weld Capital Management.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE) but similarly valued. We will take a look at RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ:RP), Kinross Gold Corporation (NYSE:KGC), Pentair plc (NYSE:PNR), and Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN). All of these stocks’ market caps match HAE’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 24.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $419 million. That figure was $710 million in HAE’s case. RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ:RP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE) is more popular among hedge funds. 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 still beat the market by 15.5 percentage points. Unfortunately HAE wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on HAE were disappointed as the stock returned -10.1% 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.