Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Clearway Energy, Inc. (CWEN)

Amid an overall bull market, many stocks that smart money investors were collectively bullish on surged during the first quarter. Among them, Facebook and Microsoft ranked among the top 3 picks and these stocks gained 40% and 25% respectively. Our research shows that most of the stocks that smart money likes historically generate strong risk-adjusted returns. That’s why we weren’t surprised when hedge funds’ top 20 large-cap stock picks generated a return of 18.7% during the first 5 months of 2019 and outperformed the broader market benchmark by 6.6 percentage points.This is why following the smart money sentiment is a useful tool at identifying the next stock to invest in.

Is Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CWEN) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Money managers are taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund positions inched up by 15 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that cwen isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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’ 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.

David Tepper

Let’s view the new hedge fund action surrounding Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CWEN).

What have hedge funds been doing with Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CWEN)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 125% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CWEN over the last 15 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with CWEN Positions

Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CWEN), which was worth $34.7 million at the end of the first quarter. On the second spot was Renaissance Technologies which amassed $15.7 million worth of shares. Moreover, Appaloosa Management LP, Blackstart Capital, and Governors Lane were also bullish on Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CWEN), 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. Appaloosa Management LP, managed by David Tepper, assembled the most valuable position in Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CWEN). Appaloosa Management LP had $12.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Brian Olson, Baehyun Sung, and Jamie Waters’s Blackstart Capital also made a $10 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CWEN investors: Isaac Corre’s Governors Lane, Shawn Bergerson and Martin Kalish’s Waterstone Capital Management, and Edward A. Mule’s Silver Point Capital.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CWEN). We will take a look at Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM), Owens-Illinois Inc (NYSE:OI), frontdoor, inc. (NASDAQ:FTDR), and MorphoSys AG (NASDAQ:MOR). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to CWEN’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SAFM 21 485986 8
OI 23 341080 2
FTDR 34 435267 10
MOR 7 41009 -2
Average 21.25 325836 4.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 21.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $326 million. That figure was $155 million in CWEN’s case. frontdoor, inc. (NASDAQ:FTDR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand MorphoSys AG (NASDAQ:MOR) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Clearway Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CWEN) 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 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on CWEN, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 0.3% during the same time frame and outperformed the market as well.

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