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Do Hedge Funds Love HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ)?

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their September 30 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) for your portfolio? We’ll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.

HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. HPQ was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018, which is up by one from the previous quarter. Still, that number wasn’t even close for the company to make it as one of the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds in Q3 of 2018. Nevertheless we’ll continue with our analysis of the stock.

According to First Eagle Fund of America, as reported in its Q3 Commentary “HP Inc. announced a solid quarter driven by improving volume and pricing in its PC business. The company also increased its guidance for the year as its market share in both PCs and printers continued to improve.” 

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Let’s review the key hedge fund action encompassing HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ).

How are hedge funds trading HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 3% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 38 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in HPQ heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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The largest stake in HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) was held by Iridian Asset Management, which reported holding $293.5 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Two Sigma Advisors with a $218.2 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included AQR Capital Management, D E Shaw, and Adage Capital Management.

Now, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Argentiere Capital, managed by Deepak Gulati, initiated the largest call position in HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ). Argentiere Capital had $5.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Hondros’s AlphaOne Capital Partners also initiated a $5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new HPQ investors: Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Jim O’Brien and Jonathan Dorfman’s Napier Park Global Capital, and Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ). We will take a look at Square, Inc. (NYSE:SQ), China Telecom Corporation Limited (NYSE:CHA), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL), and LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to HPQ’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SQ 23 1366844 -6
CHA 6 22377 1
DAL 67 7548095 1
LYB 39 2384054 0

As you can see these stocks had an average of 34 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2.83 billion. That figure was $1.09 billion in HPQ’s case. Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand China Telecom Corporation Limited (NYSE:CHA) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard DAL might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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