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Hedge Funds Never Been Less Bullish On Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (BKD)

In this article we will check out the progression of hedge fund sentiment towards Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD) and determine whether it is a good investment right now. We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before spending days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more incentives and resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also employ numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments.

Is Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD) a good investment right now? The best stock pickers are becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by 5 lately. Our calculations also showed that BKD isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). BKD was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with BKD holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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GLENVIEW CAPITAL

Larry Robbins of Glenview Capital

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What have hedge funds been doing with Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -23% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BKD over the last 18 quarters. 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, Deerfield Management held the most valuable stake in Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD), which was worth $57.4 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Glenview Capital which amassed $55 million worth of shares. Camber Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, 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 North Run Capital allocated the biggest weight to Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD), around 5.91% of its 13F portfolio. Camber Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 3.17 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BKD.

Because Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD) has experienced a decline in interest from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes in the first quarter. Intriguingly, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group cut the largest investment of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, totaling close to $1.8 million in stock. Israel Englander’s fund, Millennium Management, also sold off its stock, about $1.3 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 5 funds in the first quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD). We will take a look at Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CNR), OFG Bancorp (NYSE:OFG), Archrock, Inc. (NYSE:AROC), and Blucora Inc (NASDAQ:BCOR). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to BKD’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CNR 20 54192 -6
OFG 12 16250 1
AROC 11 13967 -4
BCOR 19 66622 6
Average 15.5 37758 -0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 15.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $38 million. That figure was $236 million in BKD’s case. Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CNR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Archrock, Inc. (NYSE:AROC) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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 13.4% in 2020 through June 22nd but beat the market by 15.9 percentage points. Unfortunately BKD wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on BKD were disappointed as the stock returned -11.4% 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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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.