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Do Hedge Funds Love Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (ANH)?

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 thoughtAnworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH) was a good investment heading into the second quarter and how the stock traded in comparison to the top hedge fund picks.

Is Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH) worth your attention right now? Prominent investors were selling. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by 4 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that ANH 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 Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -29% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in ANH over the last 18 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Is ANH A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH), which was worth $7.8 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Winton Capital Management which amassed $0.9 million worth of shares. Millennium Management, Arrowstreet Capital, and D E Shaw 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 Almitas Capital allocated the biggest weight to Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH), around 1.21% of its 13F portfolio. Winton Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.02 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to ANH.

Because Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH) has experienced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there is a sect of fund managers that elected to cut their full holdings heading into Q4. It’s worth mentioning that Andrew Weiss’s Weiss Asset Management sold off the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds watched by Insider Monkey, worth an estimated $0.6 million in stock, and Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds heading into Q4.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH). We will take a look at Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:PXLW), Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:GALT), Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:NEPT), and GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to ANH’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
PXLW 8 7919 1
GALT 3 190 -1
NEPT 4 16529 -1
GPX 12 31266 2
Average 6.75 13976 0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 6.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $14 million. That figure was $12 million in ANH’s case. GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Galectin Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:GALT) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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 but still beat the market by 15.5 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on ANH as the stock returned 59.8% in Q2 and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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