Many investors, including Paul Tudor Jones or Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying before last year’s Q4 market crash that the stock market is overvalued due to a low interest rate environment that leads to companies swapping their equity for debt and focusing mostly on short-term performance such as beating the quarterly earnings estimates. In the first half of 2019, most investors recovered all of their Q4 losses as sentiment shifted and optimism dominated the US China trade negotiations. Nevertheless, many of the stocks that delivered strong returns in the first half still sport strong fundamentals and their gains were more related to the general market sentiment rather than their individual performance and hedge funds kept their bullish stance. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to Allegro Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:ALGR) changed recently.
Hedge fund interest in Allegro Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:ALGR) 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 ALGR to other stocks including Evolution Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:EPM), Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRIF), and Standard Diversified Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:SDI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does smart money think about Allegro Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:ALGR)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2019, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 10 hedge funds with a bullish position in ALGR a year ago. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Hudson Bay Capital Management held the most valuable stake in Allegro Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:ALGR), which was worth $9.5 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Millennium Management which amassed $5.1 million worth of shares. Glazer Capital, Marshall Wace, and Vertex One 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 Glazer Capital allocated the biggest weight to Allegro Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:ALGR), around 0.46% of its 13F portfolio. Vertex One Asset Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.37 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to ALGR.
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 also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Allegro Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:ALGR). We will take a look at Evolution Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:EPM), Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRIF), Standard Diversified Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN:SDI), and DNB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:DNBF). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to ALGR’s market cap.
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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 $16 million. That figure was $23 million in ALGR’s case. Evolution Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:EPM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRIF) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Allegro Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:ALGR) 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 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 ALGR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on ALGR were disappointed as the stock returned 0.4% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) 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 many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.
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