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Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Corelogic Inc (CLGX)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey have plowed through 823 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of June 30th, when the S&P 500 Index was trading around the 3100 level. Since the end of March, investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned more than 50% since its bottom. In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds thought Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX) was a good investment heading into the third quarter and how the stock traded in comparison to the top hedge fund picks.

Is Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX) a buy right now? Investors who are in the know were taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 4 recently. Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX) was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 31. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that CLGX isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

Video: Watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

So, why do we pay attention to hedge fund sentiment before making any investment decisions? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by more than 56 percentage points since March 2017 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter. Even if you aren’t comfortable with shorting stocks, you should at least avoid initiating long positions in stocks that are in our short portfolio.

Ken Fisher FISHER ASSET MANAGEMENT

Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management

At Insider Monkey we scour multiple sources to uncover the next great investment idea. For example, Federal Reserve has been creating trillions of dollars electronically to keep the interest rates near zero. We believe this will lead to inflation and boost precious metals prices. So, we are checking out this junior gold mining stock. Legal marijuana is one of the fastest growing industries right now, so we are also checking out stock pitches like “the Starbucks of cannabis” to identify the next tenbagger. We read hedge fund investor letters and listen to stock pitches at hedge fund conferences. We go through lists like the 10 most profitable companies in the world to pick the best large-cap stocks to buy. Even though we recommend positions in only a tiny fraction of the companies we analyze, we check out as many stocks as we can. Keeping this in mind let’s go over the key hedge fund action encompassing Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX).

Hedge fund activity in Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX)

At second quarter’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 13% from the first quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CLGX over the last 20 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is CLGX A Good Stock To Buy?

More specifically, Senator Investment Group was the largest shareholder of Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX), with a stake worth $282.7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Senator Investment Group was D E Shaw, which amassed a stake valued at $143.1 million. Fisher Asset Management, Nitorum Capital, and MFN Partners 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 MFN Partners allocated the biggest weight to Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX), around 11.24% of its 13F portfolio. Senator Investment Group is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 9.77 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CLGX.

Now, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Senator Investment Group, managed by Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin, established the most outsized position in Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX). Senator Investment Group had $282.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Farhad Nanji and Michael DeMichele’s MFN Partners also made a $80.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new CLGX positions are Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann’s TIG Advisors, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX) but similarly valued. These stocks are Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM), United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR), Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI), FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR), Axalta Coating Systems Ltd (NYSE:AXTA), Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE:NLSN), and Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA). This group of stocks’ market values match CLGX’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
COLM 17 36331 2
UTHR 41 1344322 10
LEVI 16 33046 5
FLIR 38 292419 4
AXTA 47 1340214 -2
NLSN 31 1177115 -2
CMA 36 423590 3
Average 32.3 663862 2.9

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 32.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $664 million. That figure was $887 million in CLGX’s case. Axalta Coating Systems Ltd (NYSE:AXTA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Corelogic Inc (NYSE:CLGX) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for CLGX is 69.6. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 33% in 2020 through the end of August and beat the market by 23.2 percentage points. Unfortunately CLGX wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on CLGX were disappointed as the stock returned -0.7% during the same time 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 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

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