The 700+ hedge funds and famous money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund portfolios. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK).
Hedge fund interest in Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS), and American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE:AEL) to gather more data points. Our calculations also showed that TRMK isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
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How have hedgies been trading Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in TRMK a year ago. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Arrowstreet Capital was the largest shareholder of Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK), with a stake worth $5.7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Arrowstreet Capital was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $3.2 million. Two Sigma Advisors, Balyasny Asset Management, and Renaissance Technologies 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 ExodusPoint Capital allocated the biggest weight to Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK), around 0.03% of its 13F portfolio. Paloma Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.02 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TRMK.
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 go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) but similarly valued. These stocks are Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS), American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE:AEL), and Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT). This group of stocks’ market values resemble TRMK’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $88 million. That figure was $24 million in TRMK’s case. Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) is even less popular than CUB. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards TRMK. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately TRMK wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); TRMK investors were disappointed as the stock returned 1.4% 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 70 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q4.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.