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Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Power Integrations Inc (POWI)

We hate to say this but, we told you so. On February 27th we published an article with the title Recession is Imminent: We Need A Travel Ban NOW and predicted a US recession when the S&P 500 Index was trading at the 3150 level. We also told you to short the market and buy long-term Treasury bonds. Our article also called for a total international travel ban. While we were warning you, President Trump minimized the threat and failed to act promptly. As a result of his inaction, we will now experience a deeper recession (see why hell is coming).

In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each stock might be going. Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds’ and successful investors’ positions as of the end of the fourth quarter. You can find articles about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves over the last 4 years and analyze what the smart money thinks of Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI) based on that data.

Is Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI) the right investment to pursue these days? The best stock pickers are buying. The number of long hedge fund positions rose by 4 lately. Our calculations also showed that POWI isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings and see the video at the end of this article for Q3 rankings). POWI was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2019. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with POWI positions at the end of the previous quarter.

If you’d ask most stock holders, hedge funds are viewed as slow, outdated investment tools of the past. While there are over 8000 funds trading at present, Our experts choose to focus on the moguls of this group, about 850 funds. Most estimates calculate that this group of people administer the lion’s share of all hedge funds’ total capital, and by monitoring their top picks, Insider Monkey has identified a number of investment strategies that have historically surpassed the S&P 500 index. Insider Monkey’s flagship short hedge fund strategy beat the S&P 500 short ETFs by around 20 percentage points per year since its inception in March 2017. Our portfolio of short stocks lost 35.3% since February 2017 (through March 3rd) even though the market was up more than 35% during the same period. We just shared a list of 7 short targets in our latest quarterly update .

David Harding

David Harding of Winton Capital Management

We leave no stone unturned when looking for the next great investment idea. For example we recently identified a stock that trades 25% below the net cash on its balance sheet. We read hedge fund investor letters and listen to stock pitches at hedge fund conferences, and go through short-term trade recommendations like this one. We even check out the recommendations of services with hard to believe track records. Our best call in 2020 was shorting the market when S&P 500 was trading at 3150 after realizing the coronavirus pandemic’s significance before most investors. Now we’re going to view the latest hedge fund action surrounding Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI).

What does smart money think about Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 31% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 4 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in POWI 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.

Among these funds, Polar Capital held the most valuable stake in Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI), which was worth $20.4 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Citadel Investment Group which amassed $7.1 million worth of shares. GLG Partners, Driehaus Capital, and D E Shaw 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 Quantinno Capital allocated the biggest weight to Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI), around 0.23% of its 13F portfolio. Polar Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.18 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to POWI.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Polar Capital, managed by Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley, created the most valuable position in Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI). Polar Capital had $20.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Renaissance Technologies also made a $4.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new POWI positions are David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Mika Toikka’s AlphaCrest Capital Management.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI). These stocks are GATX Corporation (NYSE:GATX), Triton International Limited (NYSE:TRTN), AllianceBernstein Holding LP (NYSE:AB), and Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to POWI’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
GATX 21 227877 5
TRTN 16 56386 1
AB 11 53571 3
R 23 347690 1
Average 17.75 171381 2.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $171 million. That figure was $63 million in POWI’s case. Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand AllianceBernstein Holding LP (NYSE:AB) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Power Integrations Inc (NASDAQ:POWI) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks lost 17.4% in 2020 through March 25th but still beat the market by 5.5 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on POWI as the stock returned -11.1% during the same time period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.
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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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