Do Hedge Funds Love Echostar Corporation (SATS)?

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Is Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS) going to take off soon? Prominent investors were reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by 3 in recent months. Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS) was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 34. Our calculations also showed that SATS isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings). There were 31 hedge funds in our database with SATS holdings at the end of December.

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Do Hedge Funds Think SATS Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Heading into the second quarter of 2021, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -10% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 24 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SATS a year ago. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Is SATS A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS), which was worth $76.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter. On the second spot was Quaker Capital Investments which amassed $28.6 million worth of shares. Greenlight Capital, Arrowstreet Capital, and AQR Capital Management 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 Quaker Capital Investments allocated the biggest weight to Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS), around 11.62% of its 13F portfolio. Greenlight Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 1.7 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SATS.

Because Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS) has faced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of funds who sold off their entire stakes by the end of the first quarter. Interestingly, Jonathan Auerbach’s Hound Partners cut the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, worth about $33.2 million in stock. Noah Levy and Eugene Dozortsev’s fund, Newtyn Management, also dumped its stock, about $14.8 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds by the end of the first quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS) but similarly valued. These stocks are NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:NGM), Dream Finders Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ:DFH), World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE:INT), GCM Grosvenor Inc. (NASDAQ:GCMG), Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:XHR), Paramount Group Inc (NYSE:PGRE), and Azul S.A. (NYSE:AZUL). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble SATS’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
NGM 18 329277 5
DFH 10 54869 10
INT 15 85346 -3
GCMG 17 181069 1
XHR 6 8631 0
PGRE 17 135595 -1
AZUL 11 69381 -6
Average 13.4 123453 0.9

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $123 million. That figure was $232 million in SATS’s case. NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:NGM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:XHR) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for SATS is 76.7. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 24% in 2021 through July 9th and still beat the market by 6.7 percentage points. Unfortunately SATS wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on SATS were disappointed as the stock returned -1.1% since the end of the first quarter (through 7/9) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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