Do Hedge Funds Love Inovalon Holdings Inc (INOV)?

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Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INOV) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest of late. INOV was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with INOV positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that INOV isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
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David Harding

David Harding of Winton Capital Management

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What does smart money think about Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INOV)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2019, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 57% from the second quarter of 2019. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in INOV over the last 17 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw, managed by David E. Shaw, holds the biggest position in Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INOV). D E Shaw has a $7.8 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $5.3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace, Efrem Kamen’s Pura Vida Investments and David Harding’s Winton Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Pura Vida Investments allocated the biggest weight to Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INOV), around 0.43% of its 13F portfolio. Algert Coldiron Investors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.25 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to INOV.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Marshall Wace, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, created the biggest position in Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INOV). Marshall Wace had $3.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Efrem Kamen’s Pura Vida Investments also initiated a $1.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new INOV positions are David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INOV). These stocks are The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENSG), Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX), Kennametal Inc. (NYSE:KMT), and Nelnet, Inc. (NYSE:NNI). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble INOV’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ENSG 16 118684 2
GHDX 16 946976 -2
KMT 25 288624 5
NNI 11 86338 -2
Average 17 360156 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $360 million. That figure was $21 million in INOV’s case. Kennametal Inc. (NYSE:KMT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Nelnet, Inc. (NYSE:NNI) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INOV) is even less popular than NNI. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on INOV, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 9.8% during the fourth quarter (through 11/30) and outperformed the market as well.

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