Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Arconic Inc. (ARNC)

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Is Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC) a superb investment now? Money managers are in an optimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions rose by 6 recently. Our calculations also showed that ARNC isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s take a gander at the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC).

How have hedgies been trading Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC)?

At Q4’s end, a total of 46 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 15% from the second quarter of 2018. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in ARNC over the last 14 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.


More specifically, Elliott Management was the largest shareholder of Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC), with a stake worth $875.1 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Elliott Management was Orbis Investment Management, which amassed a stake valued at $479.9 million. First Pacific Advisors LLC, Canyon Capital Advisors, and Kensico Capital were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Consequently, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, initiated the most valuable position in Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC). Alyeska Investment Group had $4.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Himanshu Gulati’s Antara Capital also made a $3.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ARNC investors: David Rosen’s Rubric Capital Management, John Orrico’s Water Island Capital, and Himanshu Gulati’s Antara Capital.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC). We will take a look at Wayfair Inc (NYSE:W), LINE Corporation (NYSE:LN), Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA), and American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to ARNC’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
W 28 1439728 -2
LN 4 52978 -1
SNA 25 471183 1
AFG 29 311642 5
Average 21.5 568883 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 21.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $569 million. That figure was $2480 million in ARNC’s case. American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand LINE Corporation (NYSE:LN) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Arconic Inc. (NYSE:ARNC) 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. Our calculations showed that the top 15 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 21.3% through April 8th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 5 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on ARNC, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 20.6% and outperformed the market as well.

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