Hedge Funds Keep Buying PennyMac Financial Services Inc (PFSI)

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 PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) was a good investment heading into the third quarter and how the stock traded in comparison to the top hedge fund picks.

Is PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) a buy here? Money managers were taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets advanced by 1 in recent months. PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 24. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that PFSI 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). There were 24 hedge funds in our database with PFSI holdings at the end of March.

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How have hedgies been trading PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 4% from the first quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PFSI over the last 20 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Among these funds, Rima Senvest Management held the most valuable stake in PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI), which was worth $59.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Clough Capital Partners which amassed $57.5 million worth of shares. PAR Capital Management, Basswood Capital, and Renaissance Technologies 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 OCO Capital Partners allocated the biggest weight to PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI), around 16.12% of its 13F portfolio. Clough Capital Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 5.63 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PFSI.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Rubric Capital Management, managed by David Rosen, established the most valuable position in PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI). Rubric Capital Management had $17.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. George Soros’s Soros Fund Management also made a $15.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PFSI investors: Nathaniel August’s Mangrove Partners, Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) but similarly valued. We will take a look at ADC Therapeutics SA (NYSE:ADCT), MasTec, Inc. (NYSE:MTZ), Colfax Corporation (NYSE:CFX), Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR), OneMain Holdings Inc (NYSE:OMF), Medpace Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MEDP), and Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE:MUSA). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble PFSI’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ADCT 15 490195 15
MTZ 29 160492 5
CFX 39 607479 7
KWR 13 159316 5
OMF 37 342546 3
MEDP 22 220276 5
MUSA 27 301412 3
Average 26 325959 6.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 26 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $326 million. That figure was $352 million in PFSI’s case. Colfax Corporation (NYSE:CFX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. PennyMac Financial Services Inc (NYSE:PFSI) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for PFSI is 59.1. 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. 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 21.3% in 2020 through September 25th and still beat the market by 17.7 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on PFSI as the stock returned 34% since the end of June (through September 25th) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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