It seems that the masses and most of the financial media hate hedge funds and what they do, but why is this hatred of hedge funds so prominent? At the end of the day, these asset management firms do not gamble the hard-earned money of the people who are on the edge of poverty. Truth be told, most hedge fund managers and other smaller players within this industry are very smart and skilled investors. Of course, they may also make wrong bets in some instances, but no one knows what the future holds and how market participants will react to the bountiful news that floods in each day. The S&P 500 Index gained 7.6% in the 12 month-period that ended November 21, while less than 49% of its stocks beat the benchmark. In contrast, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the top hedge fund investors tracked by the Insider Monkey team returned 18% over the same period, which provides evidence that these money managers do have great stock picking abilities. That’s why we believe it isn’t a waste of time to check out hedge fund sentiment before you invest in a stock like Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI).
Is Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI) a buy here? The best stock pickers are surely in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund investments went up by 1 recently. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with ADI holdings at the end of September. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as International Paper Company (NYSE:IP), Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG), and TELUS Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TU) to gather more data points.
We care about hedge fund sentiment because historically hedge funds’ stock picks delivered strong risk adjusted returns. There are certain segments of the market where hedge funds’ stock picks performed much better than its benchmarks. For instance, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds returned 18% over the last 12 months outpacing S&P 500 Index by more than 10 percentage points. We developed this strategy 2.5 years ago and started sharing its picks in our quarterly newsletter. It bested the S&P 500 Index ETFs by delivering a solid 39% vs. 22% gain for its benchmarks.
How are hedge funds trading Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a rise of 4% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 26 hedge funds with a bullish position in ADI at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Cantillon Capital Management, led by William von Mueffling, holds the largest position in Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI). Cantillon Capital Management has a $450.8 million position in the stock, comprising 6.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Cantillon Capital Management’s heels is Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick of First Pacific Advisors LLC, with a $306.5 million position; the fund has 2.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Panayotis Takis Sparaggis’ Alkeon Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.