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Hedge Funds Are Selling Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (TLK)

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the first quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 4.5 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK) based on that data.

Is Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK) a buy here? Hedge funds are getting less bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions went down by 1 lately. Our calculations also showed that TLK isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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At Insider Monkey we leave no stone unturned when looking for the next great investment idea. For example, 2020’s unprecedented market conditions provide us with the highest number of trading opportunities in a decade. So we are checking out stocks recommended/scorned by legendary Bill Miller. We interview hedge fund managers and ask them about their best ideas. If you want to find out the best healthcare stock to buy right now, you can watch our latest hedge fund manager interview here. We read hedge fund investor letters and listen to stock pitches at hedge fund conferences. Our best call in 2020 was shorting the market when the S&P 500 was trading at 3150 after realizing the coronavirus pandemic’s significance before most investors. With all of this in mind let’s review the new hedge fund action regarding Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK).

Hedge fund activity in Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -13% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 9 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in TLK a year ago. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK), with a stake worth $92.3 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was Oldfield Partners, which amassed a stake valued at $52.1 million. Arrowstreet Capital, Marshall Wace LLP, 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 Oldfield Partners allocated the biggest weight to Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK), around 6.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sensato Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.66 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TLK.

Due to the fact that Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK) has faced a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there were a few funds that decided to sell off their positions entirely heading into Q4. Interestingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management cut the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $3.1 million in stock, and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds heading into Q4.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK) but similarly valued. We will take a look at STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM), PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT), and State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT). All of these stocks’ market caps match TLK’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
STM 11 70106 -6
PPL 28 311688 -4
HLT 43 3133178 -14
STT 34 503359 -11
Average 29 1004583 -8.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 29 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1005 million. That figure was $152 million in TLK’s case. Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (NYSE:TLK) is even less popular than STM. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards TLK. Our calculations showed that the top 10 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 13.9% in 2020 through June 10th but managed to beat the market by 14.2 percentage points. Unfortunately TLK wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); TLK investors were disappointed as the stock returned 15% during the second quarter (through June 10th) 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 most of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2020.

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