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Here is How Hedge Funds Traded Otis Worldwide Corporation (OTIS) After The Spin-off

We know that hedge funds generate strong, risk-adjusted returns over the long run, which is why imitating the picks that they are collectively bullish on can be a profitable strategy for retail investors. With billions of dollars in assets, professional investors have to conduct complex analyses, spend many resources and use tools that are not always available for the general crowd. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have occasional colossal losses; they do. However, it is still a good idea to keep an eye on hedge fund activity. With this in mind, let’s examine the smart money sentiment towards Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:OTIS) and determine whether hedge funds skillfully traded this stock.

Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:OTIS) was in 56 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 4. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. OTIS has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with OTIS positions at the end of the first quarter. Our calculations also showed that OTIS 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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Hedge fund activity in Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:OTIS)

Heading into the third quarter of 2020, a total of 56 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 1300% from the first quarter of 2020. On the other hand, there were a total of 0 hedge funds with a bullish position in OTIS a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Among these funds, Ako Capital held the most valuable stake in Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:OTIS), which was worth $304.4 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Deccan Value Advisors which amassed $252.9 million worth of shares. Adage Capital Management, Suvretta Capital Management, and Gates Capital 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 Sandbar Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:OTIS), around 15.39% of its 13F portfolio. Deccan Value Advisors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 13.05 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to OTIS.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Ako Capital, managed by Nicolai Tangen, assembled the most outsized position in Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:OTIS). Ako Capital had $304.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Vinit Bodas’s Deccan Value Advisors also initiated a $252.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new OTIS positions are Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Aaron Cowen’s Suvretta Capital Management, and Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:OTIS) but similarly valued. These stocks are Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST), Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS), STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM), Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ:NKLA), Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE:MPC), Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), and Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU). This group of stocks’ market valuations match OTIS’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
FAST 34 633636 0
BCS 8 35407 -5
STM 12 55960 1
NKLA 29 1382479 16
MPC 62 1444528 5
F 30 791591 -3
PRU 26 437049 -2
Average 28.7 682950 1.7

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $683 million. That figure was $2110 million in OTIS’s case. Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE:MPC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Otis Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:OTIS) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for OTIS is 84.4. 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 28.2% in 2020 through August 24th but still beat the market by 20.6 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on OTIS, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 12.6% since the end of June and outperformed the market as well.

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