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Hedge Funds Are Buying Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT)

Based on the fact that hedge funds have collectively under-performed the market for several years, it would be easy to assume that their stock picks simply aren’t very good. However, our research shows this not to be the case. In fact, when it comes to their very top picks collectively, they show a strong ability to pick winning stocks. This year hedge funds’ top 30 stock picks easily bested the broader market, at 6.7% compared to 2.6%, despite there being a few duds in there like Facebook (even their collective wisdom isn’t perfect). The results show that there is plenty of merit to imitating the collective wisdom of top investors.

Is Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) an attractive investment today? Money managers are becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund positions improved by 3 recently. Our calculations also showed that LMT isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to take a gander at the recent hedge fund action regarding Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT).

How are hedge funds trading Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 34 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in LMT heading into this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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More specifically, Citadel Investment Group was the largest shareholder of Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT), with a stake worth $497.1 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Citadel Investment Group was Two Sigma Advisors, which amassed a stake valued at $372.2 million. AQR Capital Management, Adage Capital Management, and Holocene Advisors were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Shellback Capital, managed by Doug Gordon, Jon Hilsabeck and Don Jabro, assembled the most valuable position in Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT). Shellback Capital had $35.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group also initiated a $30.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, and Jeffrey Talpins’s Element Capital Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) but similarly valued. These stocks are Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG), and Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR). This group of stocks’ market values match LMT’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
TMO 56 4602612 -3
GE 46 4540328 2
BKNG 68 6498246 -2
EQNR 12 433196 3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 45.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $4.02 billion. That figure was $2.02 billion in LMT’s case. Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Equinor ASA (NYSE:EQNR) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard BKNG might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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