Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Palomar Holdings, Inc. (PLMR)

We are still in an overall bull market and many stocks that smart money investors were piling into surged through the end of November. Among them, Facebook and Microsoft ranked among the top 3 picks and these stocks gained 54% and 51% respectively. Hedge funds’ top 3 stock picks returned 41.7% this year and beat the S&P 500 ETFs by 14 percentage points. Investing in index funds guarantees you average returns, not superior returns. We are looking to generate superior returns for our readers. That’s why we believe it isn’t a waste of time to check out hedge fund sentiment before you invest in a stock like Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR).

Is Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR) the right pick for your portfolio? Prominent investors are taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 5 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that PLMR 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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Richard Driehaus of Driehaus Capital

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How are hedge funds trading Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 63% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PLMR over the last 17 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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More specifically, Driehaus Capital was the largest shareholder of Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR), with a stake worth $22.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Driehaus Capital was Zimmer Partners, which amassed a stake valued at $9.4 million. Millennium Management, Brant Point Investment Management, and Point72 Asset Management 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 One Tusk Investment Partners allocated the biggest weight to Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR), around 2.37% of its 13F portfolio. Driehaus Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.74 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PLMR.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Point72 Asset Management, managed by Steve Cohen, initiated the biggest position in Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR). Point72 Asset Management had $5.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PLMR investors: Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital, Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital, and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR). These stocks are American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AXL), GasLog Partners LP (NYSE:GLOP), US Concrete Inc (NASDAQ:USCR), and Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to PLMR’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AXL 20 80795 0
GLOP 6 15286 1
USCR 15 114418 -2
ALTM 5 6127 -2
Average 11.5 54157 -0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $54 million. That figure was $53 million in PLMR’s case. American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AXL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Palomar Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLMR) 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 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on PLMR as the stock returned 38.4% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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