Hedge Funds Are Buying DuPont de Nemours Inc (DD)

How do you pick the next stock to invest in? One way would be to spend days of research browsing through thousands of publicly traded companies. However, an easier way is to look at the stocks that smart money investors are collectively bullish on. Hedge funds and other institutional investors usually invest large amounts of capital and have to conduct due diligence while choosing their next pick. They don’t always get it right, but, on average, their stock picks historically generated strong returns after adjusting for known risk factors. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund activity surrounding DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD) and determine whether hedge funds had an edge regarding this stock.

DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD) was in 64 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 82. Our calculations also showed that DD isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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David S. Winter of 40 North Management

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Hedge fund activity in DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD)

Heading into the third quarter of 2020, a total of 64 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 19% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 42 hedge funds with a bullish position in DD a year ago. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Among these funds, 40 North Management held the most valuable stake in DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD), which was worth $1076.7 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was D E Shaw which amassed $382.7 million worth of shares. Eminence Capital, Maverick Capital, and Citadel Investment Group 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 40 North Management allocated the biggest weight to DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD), around 32.96% of its 13F portfolio. Madison Avenue Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 18.39 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DD.

Consequently, key hedge funds have jumped into DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD) headfirst. Point State Capital, managed by Zach Schreiber, assembled the most valuable position in DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD). Point State Capital had $89.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners also initiated a $79.7 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new DD investors: Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, and William B. Gray’s Orbis Investment Management.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD). We will take a look at The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC), Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Grp, Inc. (NYSE:SMFG), DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:DLR), Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), BCE Inc. (NYSE:BCE), and General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS). This group of stocks’ market caps match DD’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
KHC 35 10727266 -4
SMFG 10 101369 0
DXCM 55 1710751 -3
DLR 26 274088 -3
EA 67 1988616 -6
BCE 10 176362 -3
GIS 37 912759 -2
Average 34.3 2270173 -3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 34.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2270 million. That figure was $3510 million in DD’s case. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Grp, Inc. (NYSE:SMFG) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. DuPont de Nemours Inc (NYSE:DD) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for DD is 80.8. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. 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 28.2% in 2020 through August 24th but beat the market by 20.6 percentage points. Unfortunately DD wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on DD were disappointed as the stock returned 7.7% 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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