Do Hedge Funds Love Logitech International SA (LOGI)?

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Is Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI) a good investment right now? Investors who are in the know are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 3 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that logi isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to analyze the recent hedge fund action surrounding Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI).

How have hedgies been trading Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 19% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in LOGI over the last 13 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with LOGI Positions

Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI), which was worth $117.8 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Arrowstreet Capital which amassed $62 million worth of shares. Moreover, Two Sigma Advisors, Blue Mountain Capital, and Columbus Circle Investors were also bullish on Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, initiated the most outsized position in Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI). Millennium Management had $5.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management also initiated a $1.8 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new LOGI investors: Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI) but similarly valued. These stocks are Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTNX), Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC), Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:HUBB), and Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble LOGI’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
NTNX 39 652637 5
ARCC 25 285375 2
HUBB 27 780075 5
JEF 39 724586 5
Average 32.5 610668 4.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 32.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $611 million. That figure was $286 million in LOGI’s case. Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTNX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC) is the least popular one with only 25 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI) is even less popular than ARCC. Considering that hedge funds aren’t fond of this stock in relation to other companies analyzed in this article, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and understand why the smart money isn’t behind this stock. This isn’t necessarily bad news. Although it is possible that hedge funds may think the stock is overpriced and view the stock as a short candidate, they may not be very familiar with the bullish thesis. In either case more research is warranted.

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