At the end of February we announced the arrival of the first US recession since 2009 and we predicted that the market will decline by at least 20% in (see why hell is coming). We reversed our stance on March 25th after seeing unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus unleashed by the Fed and the Congress. This is the perfect market for stock pickers, now that the stocks are fully valued again. In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each stock might be going. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG) at the end of the second quarter and determine whether the smart money was really smart about this stock.
Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG) was in 57 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 44. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. There were 44 hedge funds in our database with DDOG positions at the end of the first quarter. Our calculations also showed that DDOG 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).
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What does smart money think about Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG)?
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 57 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 30% from the first quarter of 2020. By comparison, 0 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DDOG a year ago. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Lone Pine Capital has the number one position in Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG), worth close to $594.1 million, comprising 3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Alex Sacerdote of Whale Rock Capital Management, with a $471.1 million position; the fund has 3.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC, Renaissance Technologies and Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Stepstone Group allocated the biggest weight to Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG), around 83.87% of its 13F portfolio. Ariose Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 9.75 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DDOG.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Lone Pine Capital, assembled the most outsized position in Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG). Lone Pine Capital had $594.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Yi Xin’s Ariose Capital also initiated a $13.7 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new DDOG investors: Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments, Bijan Modanlou, Joseph Bou-Saba, and Jayaveera Kodali’s Alta Park Capital, and Nancy Zevenbergen’s Zevenbergen Capital Investments.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR), AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE:SU), Sirius XM Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SIRI), Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), and Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to DDOG’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 36.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $649 million. That figure was $2363 million in DDOG’s case. Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) is the least popular one with only 27 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Datadog, Inc. (NASDAQ:DDOG) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for DDOG is 90. 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 28.2% in 2020 through August 24th and still beat the market by 20.6 percentage points. Unfortunately DDOG wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on DDOG were disappointed as the stock returned -3% 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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