Hedge Funds Have Never Been More Bullish On Ferrari N.V. (RACE)

At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Tiger Global because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE) investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. RACE was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with RACE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that RACE isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video at the end of this article).

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 has shown that hedge funds’ small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 40 percentage points since May 2014 through May 30, 2019 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter.

Gabriel Plotkin Melvin Capital Management

Unlike some fund managers who are betting on Dow reaching 40000 in a year, our long-short investment strategy doesn’t rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. We’re going to analyze the fresh hedge fund action regarding Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE).

How are hedge funds trading Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 7% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 27 hedge funds with a bullish position in RACE a year ago. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with RACE Positions

More specifically, Darsana Capital Partners was the largest shareholder of Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE), with a stake worth $322.8 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Darsana Capital Partners was Melvin Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $282 million. D1 Capital Partners, Alatus Capital, and Marshall Wace LLP were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Newbrook Capital Advisors, managed by Robert Boucai, created the biggest position in Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE). Newbrook Capital Advisors had $20.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Michael Platt and William Reeves’s BlueCrest Capital Mgmt. also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new RACE investors: Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Elise Di Vincenzo Crumbine’s Stormborn Capital Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE). We will take a look at Koninklijke Philips N.V. (NYSE:PHG), Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV), and Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE:WP). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to RACE’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
PHG 8 200510 -3
TSLA 37 711450 5
TRV 26 1391312 -3
WP 84 5780416 9
Average 38.75 2020922 2

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 38.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2021 million. That figure was $1266 million in RACE’s case. Worldpay, Inc. (NYSE:WP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Koninklijke Philips N.V. (NYSE:PHG) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE) 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately RACE wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); RACE investors were disappointed as the stock returned -4.5% during the third 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2019.
5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds
Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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