Is Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI) a good investment right now? We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, unconventional data sources, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably, but their consensus stock picks historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.
Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. RDI has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with RDI positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that RDI 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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What have hedge funds been doing with Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 17% from the second quarter of 2019. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in RDI over the last 17 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI), with a stake worth $9.7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was GAMCO Investors, which amassed a stake valued at $3.5 million. Yacktman Asset Management, Winton Capital Management, and Cove Street Capital 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 Elkhorn Partners allocated the biggest weight to Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI), around 0.15% of its 13F portfolio. Cove Street Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.08 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to RDI.
Consequently, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Winton Capital Management, managed by David Harding, established the most valuable position in Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI). Winton Capital Management had $0.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI). We will take a look at Forty Seven, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTSV), The Lovesac Company (NASDAQ:LOVE), Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd. (NASDAQ:ENLV), and General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:GFN). This group of stocks’ market valuations match RDI’s market valuation.
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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 $20 million. That figure was $18 million in RDI’s case. The Lovesac Company (NASDAQ:LOVE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Enlivex Therapeutics Ltd. (NASDAQ:ENLV) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI) 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. 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. Unfortunately RDI wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on RDI were disappointed as the stock returned -10.3% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.