Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (OLLI)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. Insider Monkey finished processing more than 730 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of June 28th, 2019. In this article we are going to take a look at smart money sentiment towards Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI).

Is Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI) ready to rally soon? Investors who are in the know are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions inched up by 9 recently. Our calculations also showed that OLLI isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Paul Marshall Marshall Wace

Unlike some fund managers who are betting on Dow reaching 40000 in a year, 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 take a gander at the new hedge fund action regarding Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI).

Hedge fund activity in Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 41% from the first quarter of 2019. By comparison, 15 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in OLLI a year ago. 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 OLLI Positions

Among these funds, Marshall Wace LLP held the most valuable stake in Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI), which was worth $66.5 million at the end of the second quarter. On the second spot was Millennium Management which amassed $39.2 million worth of shares. Moreover, Citadel Investment Group, D E Shaw, and Shellback Capital were also bullish on Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Consequently, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, assembled the largest position in Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI). Millennium Management had $39.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also initiated a $15.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new OLLI positions are Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital, Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:OLLI). These stocks are Polaris Inc. (NYSE:PII), BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF), Paylocity Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:PCTY), and JBG SMITH Properties (NYSE:JBGS). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to OLLI’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
PII 24 243800 8
BOKF 19 185832 3
PCTY 28 213289 4
JBGS 17 291239 0
Average 22 233540 3.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $234 million. That figure was $258 million in OLLI’s case. Paylocity Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:PCTY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand JBG SMITH Properties (NYSE:JBGS) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OLLI) 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. Unfortunately OLLI wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on OLLI were disappointed as the stock returned -32.7% during the third quarter 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 (view the video below) among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q3.
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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.