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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Twilio Inc. (TWLO)

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Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. TWLO was in 41 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with TWLO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that TWLO isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund action encompassing Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO).

What have hedge funds been doing with Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 28% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with a bullish position in TWLO over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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More specifically, Foxhaven Asset Management was the largest shareholder of Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO), with a stake worth $267.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Foxhaven Asset Management was Whale Rock Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $182.6 million. Renaissance Technologies, Two Sigma Advisors, and Tiger Global Management LLC were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds have jumped into Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO) headfirst. Tiger Global Management LLC, managed by Chase Coleman, established the most valuable position in Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO). Tiger Global Management LLC had $88.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Christopher Lyle’s SCGE Management also initiated an $80.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new TWLO positions are Michael Pausic’s Foxhaven Asset Management, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, and Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO). These stocks are DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY), ICON Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:ICLR), L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB), and Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO). This group of stocks’ market caps matches TWLO’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
XRAY 28 1252948 5
ICLR 22 577377 7
LB 27 685137 2
BRO 22 715848 0
Average 24.75 808 3.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 24.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $808 million. That figure was $1168 million in TWLO’s case. DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ICON Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:ICLR) is the least popular one with only 22 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

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

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