Hedge Funds Never Been This Bullish On Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (SPWH)

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Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPWH) investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPWH) was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 27. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. There were 26 hedge funds in our database with SPWH holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that SPWH 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).

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How are hedge funds trading Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPWH)?

At the end of June, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 27% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SPWH over the last 20 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Joe Milano’s Greenhouse Funds has the number one position in Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPWH), worth close to $27.4 million, corresponding to 4.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cannell Capital, led by J. Carlo Cannell, holding a $23.6 million position; the fund has 8.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish include George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management, Angela Aldrich’s Bayberry Capital Partners and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Cannell Capital allocated the biggest weight to Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPWH), around 8.85% of its 13F portfolio. Greenhouse Funds is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 4.09 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SPWH.

Consequently, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Bayberry Capital Partners, managed by Angela Aldrich, created the largest position in Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPWH). Bayberry Capital Partners had $15.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also initiated a $3.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPWH) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. (NYSE:LBRT), Tutor Perini Corp (NYSE:TPC), Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL), Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc (NYSE:IVR), Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX), Orthofix Medical Inc (NASDAQ:OFIX), and Tenneco Inc (NYSE:TEN). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to SPWH’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
LBRT 6 7305 -6
TPC 16 23834 6
KNL 7 10777 -4
IVR 12 15886 -3
ARDX 24 242673 4
OFIX 19 100623 2
TEN 14 87799 -3
Average 14 69842 -0.6

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $70 million. That figure was $152 million in SPWH’s case. Ardelyx Inc (NASDAQ:ARDX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. (NYSE:LBRT) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPWH) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for SPWH is 90. 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 33% in 2020 through the end of August and still beat the market by 23.2 percentage points. Unfortunately SPWH wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on SPWH were disappointed as the stock returned 10.1% since the end of the second 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 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.

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