Hedge Funds Getting Bullish On Perion Network Ltd (PERI)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We at Insider Monkey have plowed through 821 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of March 31st, a week after the market trough. In this article we look at what those investors think of Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI).

Is Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI) a marvelous investment right now? The smart money is taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions went up by 1 lately. Our calculations also showed that PERI isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Louis Navellier of Navellier & Associates

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How are hedge funds trading Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2020, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 17% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 1 hedge funds with a bullish position in PERI a year ago. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Is PERI A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI), which was worth $10.7 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Private Capital Management which amassed $8.1 million worth of shares. GLG Partners, Two Sigma Advisors, and Citadel Investment Group 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 Private Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI), around 2.53% of its 13F portfolio. Navellier & Associates is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.02 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PERI.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, assembled the largest position in Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI). Citadel Investment Group had $0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates also made a $0.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI) but similarly valued. We will take a look at AXT Inc (NASDAQ:AXTI), Baytex Energy Corp (NYSE:BTE), vTv Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VTVT), and Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (NYSE:XIN). This group of stocks’ market valuations match PERI’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AXTI 7 10130 -1
BTE 6 2528 -6
VTVT 4 2757 1
XIN 6 1174 -1
Average 5.75 4147 -1.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 5.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $4 million. That figure was $22 million in PERI’s case. AXT Inc (NASDAQ:AXTI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand vTv Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VTVT) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Perion Network Ltd (NASDAQ:PERI) 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. 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 13.9% in 2020 through June 10th but beat the market by 14.2 percentage points. Unfortunately PERI wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on PERI were disappointed as the stock returned 18.4% during the same time period 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 many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

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