As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in October, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with healthcare among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) in this article.
Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. KMB has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with KMB holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that KMB isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s take a look at the new hedge fund action surrounding Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB).
Hedge fund activity in Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB)
At Q3’s end, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -4% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in KMB over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital has the largest position in Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB), worth close to $169.1 million, comprising 0.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Panayotis Takis Sparaggis of Alkeon Capital Management, with a $113.6 million call position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism consist of John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
Judging by the fact that Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) has witnessed a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies that slashed their entire stakes heading into Q3. At the top of the heap, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies dumped the biggest position of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, worth about $40.6 million in call options. Noam Gottesman’s fund, GLG Partners, also dumped its call options, about $28.6 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds heading into Q3.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB). We will take a look at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (NYSE:RBS), Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI), Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM), and Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble KMB’s market cap.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $139 billion. That figure was $567 million in KMB’s case. Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (NYSE:RBS) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Kimberly Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB) 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. In this regard KMI might be a better candidate to consider a long position.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.