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Is OneSmart International Education Group Limited (NYSE:ONE) a great stock to buy now? Money managers are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 2 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that ONE isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s take a look at the key hedge fund action encompassing OneSmart International Education Group Limited (NYSE:ONE).
Hedge fund activity in OneSmart International Education Group Limited (NYSE:ONE)
At Q4’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 40% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ONE a year ago. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Yiheng Capital was the largest shareholder of OneSmart International Education Group Limited (NYSE:ONE), with a stake worth $30.4 million reported as of the end of December. Trailing Yiheng Capital was Indus Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $5.7 million. Tiger Global Management LLC, Sensato Capital Management, and Renaissance Technologies were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into OneSmart International Education Group Limited (NYSE:ONE) headfirst. Yiheng Capital, managed by Jonathan Guo, initiated the largest position in Higher One Holdings, Inc (NYSE:ONE). Yiheng Capital had $30.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $0.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as OneSmart International Education Group Limited (NYSE:ONE) but similarly valued. These stocks are Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUBY), Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GNL), The Liberty Braves Group (NASDAQ:BATRK), and The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ:SSP). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to ONE’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $141 million. That figure was $40 million in ONE’s case. Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ:BATRK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUBY) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. OneSmart International Education Group Limited (NYSE:ONE) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and 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 ONE wasn’t nearly as popular as these 15 stock (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); ONE investors were disappointed as the stock returned 6.3% 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.