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Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (GMHI): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

The financial regulations require hedge funds and wealthy investors that exceeded the $100 million equity holdings threshold to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings to a certain extent level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings disclosed the funds’ positions on March 31st, about a week after the S&P 500 Index bottomed. We at Insider Monkey have made an extensive database of more than 821 of those established hedge funds and famous value investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMHI) based on those filings.

Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMHI) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2020. GMHI investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with GMHI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that GMHI isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Paul Glazer of Glazer Capital

Paul Glazer of Glazer Capital

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How are hedge funds trading Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMHI)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2020, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -6% from the fourth quarter of 2019. By comparison, 18 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GMHI a year ago. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Is GMHI A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMHI) was held by Governors Lane, which reported holding $20.3 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Element Capital Management with a $18.3 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Millennium Management, Magnetar Capital, and Glazer Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Element Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMHI), around 17.04% of its 13F portfolio. Governors Lane is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 2.82 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GMHI.

Due to the fact that Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMHI) has faced falling interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few fund managers who were dropping their entire stakes heading into Q4. Interestingly, Jeffrey Talpins’s Element Capital Management dropped the largest investment of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, comprising about $19.1 million in stock, and Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $6.1 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds heading into Q4.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMHI) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE:CLNC), Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD), Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX), and Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to GMHI’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CLNC 11 8665 3
GOOD 8 53096 2
ARDX 20 202923 -5
LNTH 20 77954 4
Average 14.75 85660 1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $86 million. That figure was $134 million in GMHI’s case. Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Gladstone Commercial Corporation (NASDAQ:GOOD) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Gores Metropoulos, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMHI) 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 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 13.3% in 2020 through June 25th but beat the market by 16.8 percentage points. Unfortunately GMHI wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on GMHI were disappointed as the stock returned 4.7% during the same time period and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

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