In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds think Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM) is a good investment right now. We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research on a given stock. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to predict the winners in the stock market.
Hedge fund interest in Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare ALTM to other stocks including Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NYSE:ACRE), Limoneira Company (NASDAQ:LMNR), and Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALCO) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does smart money think about Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM)?
At Q1’s end, a total of 3 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ALTM a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM) was held by Adage Capital Management, which reported holding $1.3 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Yaupon Capital with a $0.1 million position. The only other hedge fund that is bullish on the company was Citadel Investment Group.
Earlier we told you that the aggregate hedge fund interest in the stock was unchanged and we view this as a negative development. Even though there weren’t any hedge funds dumping their holdings during the third quarter, there weren’t any hedge funds initiating brand new positions. This indicates that hedge funds, at the very best, perceive this stock as dead money and they haven’t identified any viable catalysts that can attract investor attention.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM). These stocks are Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp (NYSE:ACRE), Limoneira Company (NASDAQ:LMNR), Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALCO), and Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE:BCEI). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble ALTM’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 8 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $22 million. That figure was $1 million in ALTM’s case. Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE:BCEI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Limoneira Company (NASDAQ:LMNR) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM) 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 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 7.9% in 2020 through May 22nd and surpassed the market by 15.6 percentage points. Unfortunately ALTM wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); ALTM investors were disappointed as the stock returned -21.3% during 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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