It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. Since stock returns aren’t usually symmetrically distributed and index returns are more affected by a few outlier stocks (i.e. the FAANG stocks dominating and driving S&P 500 Index’s returns in recent years), more than 50% of the constituents of the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index underperform the benchmark. Hence, if you randomly pick a stock, there is more than 50% chance that you’d fail to beat the market. At the same time, the 30 most favored S&P 500 stocks by the hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 15.1% over the last 12 months (vs. 5.6% gain for SPY), with 53% of these stocks outperforming the benchmark. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in SendGrid, Inc. (NYSE:SEND).
SendGrid, Inc. (NYSE:SEND) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. SEND shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with SEND holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that send isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s analyze the new hedge fund action encompassing SendGrid, Inc. (NYSE:SEND).
What have hedge funds been doing with SendGrid, Inc. (NYSE:SEND)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 67% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 7 hedge funds with a bullish position in SEND at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Jericho Capital Asset Management was the largest shareholder of SendGrid, Inc. (NYSE:SEND), with a stake worth $31.7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Jericho Capital Asset Management was Shannon River Fund Management, which amassed a stake valued at $23.8 million. Renaissance Technologies, Driehaus Capital, and Garelick Capital Partners were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
Now, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Jericho Capital Asset Management, managed by Josh Resnick, assembled the most outsized position in SendGrid, Inc. (NYSE:SEND). Jericho Capital Asset Management had $31.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $23 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to SendGrid, Inc. (NYSE:SEND). These stocks are Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG), Workiva Inc (NYSE:WK), Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU), and Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGW). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to SEND’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $156 million. That figure was $157 million in SEND’s case. Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGW) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks SendGrid, Inc. (NYSE:SEND) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.