Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Harris Corporation (HRS)

Does Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s quickly check the hedge fund interest towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on satellite photos and other research activities, so it is no wonder why they tend to generate millions in profits each year. It is also true that some hedge fund players fail inconceivably on some occasions, but net net their stock picks have been generating superior risk-adjusted returns on average over the years.

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. Our calculations also showed that hrs isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s check out the key hedge fund action encompassing Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 9% from the fourth quarter of 2018. By comparison, 22 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in HRS a year ago. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with HRS Positions

The largest stake in Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) was held by Citadel Investment Group, which reported holding $380.7 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by Holocene Advisors with a $108.8 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Point72 Asset Management, Millennium Management, and Renaissance Technologies.

Now, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. SAYA Management, managed by Anand More, assembled the most valuable position in Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS). SAYA Management had $24 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments also initiated a $5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new HRS investors: Josh Donfeld and David Rogers’s Castle Hook Partners, John Brandmeyer’s Cognios Capital, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS). We will take a look at American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), Pembina Pipeline Corp (NYSE:PBA), Splunk Inc (NASDAQ:SPLK), and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX). This group of stocks’ market valuations match HRS’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AWK 28 609712 0
PBA 15 102666 1
SPLK 29 317583 4
FCX 42 1413867 -1
Average 28.5 610957 1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $611 million. That figure was $784 million in HRS’s case. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Pembina Pipeline Corp (NYSE:PBA) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on HRS as the stock returned 17.4% during the same time frame and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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