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Hedge Funds Aren’t Done Buying SEI Investments Company (SEIC)

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 second 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 5 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC) based on that data and determine whether they were really smart about the stock.

SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC) was in 37 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 33. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. SEIC shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with SEIC holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that SEIC isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

Video: Watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

Hedge funds’ reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. Our research was able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by more than 56 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that’ll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 34% through August 17th. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

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What have hedge funds been doing with SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 12% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 22 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SEIC a year ago. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Is SEIC A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Citadel Investment Group held the most valuable stake in SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC), which was worth $38.8 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Royce & Associates which amassed $25.1 million worth of shares. Millennium Management, Arrowstreet Capital, and Markel Gayner Asset Management 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 Phoenician Capital allocated the biggest weight to SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC), around 5.3% of its 13F portfolio. Goodnow Investment Group is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 2.35 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SEIC.

Consequently, key money managers have jumped into SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC) headfirst. Phoenician Capital, managed by John Khabbaz, assembled the most outsized position in SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC). Phoenician Capital had $8.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Donald Sussman’s Paloma Partners also made a $3.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SEIC positions are Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital, Parvinder Thiara’s Athanor Capital, and Benjamin A. Smith’s Laurion Capital Management.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC). We will take a look at Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX), ON Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:ON), InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (NYSE:IHG), Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA), American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH), 58.com Inc (NYSE:WUBA), and Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to SEIC’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
DOX 27 406760 4
ON 32 504577 3
IHG 5 5206 1
PEGA 28 1451413 -5
AMH 23 232272 2
WUBA 34 1203516 13
WHR 26 800208 1
Average 25 657707 2.7

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $658 million. That figure was $234 million in SEIC’s case. 58.com Inc (NYSE:WUBA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (NYSE:IHG) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for SEIC is 89. 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 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 33% in 2020 through the end of August and still beat the market by 23.2 percentage points. Unfortunately SEIC wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on SEIC were disappointed as the stock returned -4.8% since the end of the second 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 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.

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