Hedge Funds Are Dumping Wynn Resorts, Limited (WYNN)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We at Insider Monkey have plowed through 873 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of June 30th. In this article we look at what those investors think of Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN).

Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) was in 37 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistic is 52. There were 49 hedge funds in our database with WYNN holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that WYNN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings).

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Do Hedge Funds Think WYNN Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -24% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in WYNN over the last 24 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Among these funds, 0 held the most valuable stake in Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN), which was worth $214 million at the end of the second quarter. On the second spot was Citadel Investment Group which amassed $161 million worth of shares. Citadel Investment Group, Iridian Asset Management, and D E Shaw 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 Rip Road Capital allocated the biggest weight to Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN), around 6.26% of its 13F portfolio. Chescapmanager LLC is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 5.16 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to WYNN.

Since Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there were a few hedgies that elected to cut their positions entirely in the second quarter. Intriguingly, Josh Resnick’s Jericho Capital Asset Management cut the largest investment of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, totaling an estimated $105.1 million in stock. Gabriel Plotkin’s fund, Melvin Capital Management, also said goodbye to its stock, about $78.4 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 12 funds in the second quarter.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) but similarly valued. These stocks are ABIOMED, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABMD), Oak Street Health, Inc. (NYSE:OSH), Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (NYSE:ACH), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM), Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CLR), Alliant Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:LNT), and FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble WYNN’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ABMD 24 899188 -2
OSH 33 561397 2
ACH 4 8000 1
SJM 34 580514 1
CLR 23 172410 0
LNT 16 70771 3
FMC 33 372160 1
Average 23.9 380634 0.9

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $381 million. That figure was $712 million in WYNN’s case. The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Aluminum Corp. of China Limited (NYSE:ACH) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for WYNN is 64.3. 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. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 21.8% in 2021 through October 11th and still beat the market by 4.4 percentage points. Unfortunately WYNN wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on WYNN were disappointed as the stock returned -27.2% since the end of the second quarter (through 10/11) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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