Hedge Funds Have Never Been More Bullish On PJT Partners Inc (PJT)

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PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT) has experienced an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. PJT was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with PJT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that pjt isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to go over the key hedge fund action encompassing PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT).

How have hedgies been trading PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 6% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 19 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PJT a year ago. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with PJT Positions

More specifically, Corsair Capital LLC was the largest shareholder of PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT), with a stake worth $54.8 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Corsair Capital LLC was MHR Fund Management, which amassed a stake valued at $36.8 million. Millennium Management, Sessa Capital, and Renaissance Technologies were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names have jumped into PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT) headfirst. HBK Investments, managed by David Costen Haley, created the largest position in PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT). HBK Investments had $0.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Harding’s Winton Capital Management also initiated a $0.4 million position during the quarter.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT). We will take a look at Triumph Group Inc (NYSE:TGI), Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE:GPMT), Berry Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:BRY), and Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble PJT’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
TGI 12 44604 4
GPMT 12 43820 6
BRY 16 166506 2
TBI 17 78413 2
Average 14.25 83336 3.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $83 million. That figure was $161 million in PJT’s case. Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Triumph Group Inc (NYSE:TGI) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Unfortunately PJT wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on PJT were disappointed as the stock returned -8.5% during the same 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q2.

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