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Hedge Funds Have Never Been More Bullish On Impinj, Inc. (PI)

Legendary investors such as Jeffrey Talpins and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest recently. Our calculations also showed that PI isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

Why do we pay any attention at all to hedge fund sentiment? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ large-cap stock picks indeed failed to beat the market between 1999 and 2016. However, we were 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’ll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 30.9% through May 30, 2019. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

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Let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund action surrounding Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI).

What does smart money think about Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2019, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 57% from the fourth quarter of 2018. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PI a year ago. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with PI Positions

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Daniel Patrick Gibson’s Sylebra Capital Management has the most valuable position in Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI), worth close to $70.9 million, accounting for 4.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is D E Shaw, led by D. E. Shaw, holding a $8.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Chet Kapoor’s Tenzing Global Investors.

As one would reasonably expect, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Tenzing Global Investors, managed by Chet Kapoor, assembled the largest position in Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI). Tenzing Global Investors had $1.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Josh Goldberg’s G2 Investment Partners Management also made a $0.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PI investors: Peter Muller’s PDT Partners, Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp, and Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI) but similarly valued. These stocks are Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc (NYSE:CVRS), Titan International Inc (NYSE:TWI), Landec Corporation (NASDAQ:LNDC), and The Cato Corporation (NYSE:CATO). This group of stocks’ market values match PI’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CVRS 8 82606 1
TWI 13 82072 5
LNDC 8 49195 1
CATO 12 35413 -3
Average 10.25 62322 1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $62 million. That figure was $91 million in PI’s case. Titan International Inc (NYSE:TWI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc (NYSE:CVRS) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ:PI) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on PI as the stock returned 61.4% during the same period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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

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