Hedge Funds Are Piling Into Acushnet Holdings Corp. (GOLF)

In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) is a good investment right now. We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, unconventional data sources, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably, but their consensus stock picks historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest of late. Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistic was previously 19. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with GOLF holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that GOLF isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings).

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Bruce Kovner, Caxton Associates LP

Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates LP

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

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 11% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in GOLF a year ago. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Is GOLF A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $13.1 million worth of stock at the end of June. It was followed by Millennium Management with a $12.8 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Arrowstreet Capital, D E Shaw, and Citadel Investment Group. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Zebra Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF), around 1.14% of its 13F portfolio. Odey Asset Management Group is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.69 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GOLF.

Consequently, key hedge funds have jumped into Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) headfirst. GLG Partners, managed by Noam Gottesman, established the largest position in Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF). GLG Partners had $1.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates LP also made a $0.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new GOLF positions are Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, Qing Li’s Sciencast Management, and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) but similarly valued. These stocks are Cogent Communications Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:CCOI), ALLETE Inc (NYSE:ALE), Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX), Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE:BBU), Installed Building Products Inc (NYSE:IBP), Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CWH), and Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble GOLF’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CCOI 22 304313 4
ALE 10 73026 -6
KEX 21 583682 -2
BBU 4 24531 1
IBP 12 55396 -9
CWH 20 292507 -4
SPB 35 578244 -2
Average 17.7 273100 -2.6

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $273 million. That figure was $68 million in GOLF’s case. Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE:BBU) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for GOLF is 64.4. 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 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 24% in 2021 through October 22nd and beat the market again by 1.6 percentage points. Unfortunately GOLF wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on GOLF were disappointed as the stock returned 1.8% since the end of June (through 10/22) 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 many of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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