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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Curtiss-Wright Corp. (CW)

After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from nearly 750 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of December 31. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW).

Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. CW investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with CW positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that CW isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Izzy Englander of MILLENNIUM MANAGEMENT

We’re going to take a gander at the key hedge fund action surrounding Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW).

What does the smart money think about Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW)?

Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -9% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 20 hedge funds with a bullish position in CW a year ago. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management has the biggest position in Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW), worth close to $155.2 million, amounting to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, which holds a $69.8 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Seeing as Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) has experienced declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few money managers that elected to cut their positions entirely heading into Q3. At the top of the heap, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management dumped the biggest stake of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, totaling about $17.3 million in stock. Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s fund, Blue Mountain Capital, also sold off its stock, about $7.6 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds heading into Q3.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) but similarly valued. These stocks are United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE:USM), Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL), LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN), and First Citizens BancShares Inc. (NASDAQ:FCNCA). This group of stocks’ market valuations match CW’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
USM 17 208533 2
BPL 5 6109 0
LIVN 22 375931 -8
FCNCA 22 205273 3
Average 16.5 198962 -0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $199 million. That figure was $356 million in CW’s case. LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) 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 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Unfortunately CW wasn’t nearly as popular as these 15 stock and hedge funds that were betting on CW were disappointed as the stock returned 10% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market this year.

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

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