We are still in an overall bull market and many stocks that smart money investors were piling into surged through the end of November. Among them, Facebook and Microsoft ranked among the top 3 picks and these stocks gained 54% and 51% respectively. Hedge funds’ top 3 stock picks returned 41.7% this year and beat the S&P 500 ETFs by 14 percentage points. Investing in index funds guarantees you average returns, not superior returns. We are looking to generate superior returns for our readers. That’s why we believe it isn’t a waste of time to check out hedge fund sentiment before you invest in a stock like Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN).
Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. SLGN was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with SLGN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that SLGN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
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What have hedge funds been doing with Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -11% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SLGN a year ago. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Cardinal Capital was the largest shareholder of Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN), with a stake worth $105.7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Cardinal Capital was AQR Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $46 million. Renaissance Technologies, Millennium 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 Cardinal Capital allocated the biggest weight to Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN), around 3.49% of its 13F portfolio. AQR Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.05 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SLGN.
Because Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there is a sect of hedge funds who sold off their entire stakes in the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management said goodbye to the biggest stake of the 750 funds monitored by Insider Monkey, worth close to $1.9 million in stock, and Benjamin A. Smith’s Laurion Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $1.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds in the third quarter.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) but similarly valued. These stocks are On Assignment, Inc. (NYSE:ASGN), Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE:OFC), American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT), and Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSOD). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to SLGN’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $287 million. That figure was $220 million in SLGN’s case. Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSOD) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand On Assignment, Inc. (NYSE:ASGN) is the least popular one with only 14 bullish hedge fund positions. Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately SLGN wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); SLGN investors were disappointed as the stock returned 2.9% during the first two months of the fourth quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 70 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q4.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.