Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Icahn Enterprises LP (IEP)

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 817 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30th. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP) based on that data.

Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP) investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistics is 6. Our calculations also showed that IEP isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Carl Icahn of Icahn Capital

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How are hedge funds trading Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP)?

At third quarter’s end, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 33% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards IEP over the last 21 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital LP has the biggest position in Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP), worth close to $10.5343 billion, comprising 60.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Horizon Asset Management, led by Murray Stahl, holding a $38.8 million position; 1.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Icahn Capital LP allocated the biggest weight to Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP), around 60.63% of its 13F portfolio. Horizon Asset Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 1.56 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to IEP.

As industrywide interest jumped, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, assembled the biggest position in Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP). Marshall Wace LLP had $3.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management also made a $0.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP) but similarly valued. These stocks are AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU), Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. (NYSE:SHG), Lumen Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:LUMN), W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB), Gold Fields Limited (NYSE:GFI), Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:MOH), and Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to IEP’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AU 17 586074 1
SHG 4 18777 2
LUMN 31 762836 1
WRB 28 382157 1
GFI 15 508773 0
MOH 35 1418238 1
CFG 36 467127 -11
Average 23.7 591997 -0.7

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $592 million. That figure was $10576 million in IEP’s case. Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. (NYSE:SHG) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP) is even less popular than SHG. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for IEP is 26. 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. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards IEP. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 30.7% in 2020 through November 27th but managed to beat the market again by 16.1 percentage points. Unfortunately IEP wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); IEP investors were disappointed as the stock returned 5.1% since the end of the third quarter (through 11/27) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2020.

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