Hedge Funds Have Never Been More Bullish On William Lyon Homes (WLH)

At Insider Monkey, we pore over the filings of nearly 750 top investment firms every quarter, a process we have now completed for the latest reporting period. The data we’ve gathered as a result gives us access to a wealth of collective knowledge based on these firms’ portfolio holdings as of June 28. In this article, we will use that wealth of knowledge to determine whether or not William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH) makes for a good investment right now.

William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. WLH was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with WLH holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that WLH isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video below).
5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds
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In the 21st century investor’s toolkit there are numerous signals investors use to appraise stocks. A pair of the most under-the-radar signals are hedge fund and insider trading moves. Our researchers have shown that, historically, those who follow the best picks of the elite investment managers can trounce the broader indices by a solid amount (see the details here).

Bill Miller

Unlike former hedge manager, Dr. Steve Sjuggerud, who is convinced Dow will soar past 40000, 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 check out the latest hedge fund action regarding William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH).

What have hedge funds been doing with William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 4% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards WLH over the last 16 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with WLH Positions

Among these funds, Long Pond Capital held the most valuable stake in William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH), which was worth $45.2 million at the end of the second quarter. On the second spot was GMT Capital which amassed $18.2 million worth of shares. Moreover, Miller Value Partners, Balyasny Asset Management, and Royce & Associates were also bullish on William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Miller Value Partners, managed by Bill Miller, assembled the largest position in William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH). Miller Value Partners had $14.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management also initiated a $13.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Isaac Corre’s Governors Lane, Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital, and Jonathan Soros’s JS Capital.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH) but similarly valued. These stocks are Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:CMO), Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE), Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTX), and RadNet Inc. (NASDAQ:RDNT). This group of stocks’ market values match WLH’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CMO 9 26655 1
TYPE 19 172272 -2
ABTX 6 20638 -1
RDNT 11 76639 -3
Average 11.25 74051 -1.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $74 million. That figure was $151 million in WLH’s case. Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTX) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH) is more popular among hedge funds. 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. Hedge funds were also right about betting on WLH as the stock returned 11.7% during Q3 and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

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