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Hedge Funds Are Buying Camping World Holdings, Inc. (CWH)

In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds think Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH) is a good investment right now. We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research on a given stock. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to predict the winners in the stock market.

Is Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH) undervalued? The best stock pickers are taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that CWH 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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Chuck Royce

Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates

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How have hedgies been trading Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2020, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 7% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CWH a year ago. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Is CWH A Good Stock To Buy?

More specifically, Abrams Capital Management was the largest shareholder of Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH), with a stake worth $34.8 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Abrams Capital Management was Newtyn Management, which amassed a stake valued at $9.2 million. D E Shaw, Millennium Management, and Royce & Associates 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 Newtyn Management allocated the biggest weight to Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH), around 3.16% of its 13F portfolio. Abrams Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 1.37 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CWH.

Now, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Balyasny Asset Management, managed by Dmitry Balyasny, established the most outsized position in Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH). Balyasny Asset Management had $1.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital also initiated a $1.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Cristan Blackman’s Empirical Capital Partners, Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, and Donald Sussman’s Paloma Partners.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH). We will take a look at Live Oak Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:LOB), Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. (NYSE:GSBD), Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE:FOR), and AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to CWH’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
LOB 10 25016 0
GSBD 1 1946 -1
FOR 7 52227 -5
ACIU 11 97191 1
Average 7.25 44095 -1.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 7.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $44 million. That figure was $68 million in CWH’s case. AC Immune SA (NASDAQ:ACIU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. (NYSE:GSBD) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH) is more popular among hedge funds. 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 returned 13.3% in 2020 through June 25th but still managed to beat the market by 16.8 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on CWH as the stock returned 357.8% so far in Q2 (through June 25th) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

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