While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by uncertainty regarding the future of the interest rate environment in the US, declining oil prices and the trade war with China, many smart money investors kept their optimism regarding the current bull run in the fourth quarter, while still hedging many of their long positions. However, as we know, big investors usually buy stocks with strong fundamentals, which is why we believe we can profit from imitating them. In this article, we are going to take a look at the smart money sentiment surrounding General Motors Company (NYSE:GM).
Is General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) the right pick for your portfolio? Prominent investors are becoming less confident. The number of bullish hedge fund bets were trimmed by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that GM isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We’re going to check out the key hedge fund action surrounding General Motors Company (NYSE:GM).
How have hedgies been trading General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)?
Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 60 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -2% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 64 hedge funds with a bullish position in GM a year ago. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) was held by Berkshire Hathaway, which reported holding $2417.4 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Eagle Capital Management with a $687 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Greenhaven Associates, Greenlight Capital, and Citadel Investment Group.
Since General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has witnessed declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few funds who were dropping their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Tom Wagner and Ara Cohen’s Knighthead Capital sold off the biggest position of the 700 funds watched by Insider Monkey, totaling about $23.6 million in call options, and Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $20.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds last quarter.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to General Motors Company (NYSE:GM). These stocks are The Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL), America Movil SAB de CV (NYSE:AMX), Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE:D), and Honda Motor Co Ltd (NYSE:HMC). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to GM’s market valuation.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $638 million. That figure was $5275 million in GM’s case. Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand America Movil SAB de CV (NYSE:AMX) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 19.7% through March 15th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 6.6 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on GM, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 14.9% and outperformed the market as well.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.