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Hedge Funds Are Selling Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (WYND)

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 Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) in this article.

Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. WYND has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with WYND holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that wynd isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund action regarding Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND).

How are hedge funds trading Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -24% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards WYND over the last 13 quarters. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with WYND Positions

The largest stake in Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) was held by Iridian Asset Management, which reported holding $380.1 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Gates Capital Management with a $61.1 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Bodenholm Capital, Tremblant Capital, and Millennium Management.

Seeing as Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) has experienced a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there exists a select few hedge funds that decided to sell off their positions entirely last quarter. At the top of the heap, Gabriel Plotkin’s Melvin Capital Management dumped the largest stake of the 700 funds tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising about $26.6 million in stock, and Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $24.8 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 7 funds last quarter.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) but similarly valued. These stocks are Hutchison China MediTech Limited (NASDAQ:HCM), Colfax Corporation (NYSE:CFX), Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN), and Stitch Fix, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFIX). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to WYND’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HCM 9 13734 -1
CFX 20 385780 3
OLN 27 982776 2
SFIX 21 279393 1
Average 19.25 415421 1.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $415 million. That figure was $607 million in WYND’s case. Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Hutchison China MediTech Limited (NASDAQ:HCM) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND) 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 OLN might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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