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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Brunswick Corporation (BC)

The 700+ hedge funds and famous money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the first quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of March 31. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund portfolios. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC).

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. Our calculations also showed that bc isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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AQR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management

Let’s take a gander at the recent hedge fund action surrounding Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC).

Hedge fund activity in Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC)

Heading into the second quarter of 2019, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 4% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in BC over the last 15 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with BC Positions

The largest stake in Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) was held by Lakewood Capital Management, which reported holding $147.8 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by Adage Capital Management with a $70.4 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included D E Shaw, Impala Asset Management, and AQR Capital Management.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Point72 Asset Management, managed by Steve Cohen, initiated the largest position in Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC). Point72 Asset Management had $36.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Rosen’s Rubric Capital Management also made a $4.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management, Marc Majzner’s Clearline Capital, and Brandon Haley’s Holocene Advisors.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SWX), The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG), SLM Corp (NASDAQ:SLM), and Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH). This group of stocks’ market values match BC’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SWX 20 207977 3
SMG 16 167599 -4
SLM 29 576434 5
CHH 18 272313 -1
Average 20.75 306081 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 20.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $306 million. That figure was $565 million in BC’s case. SLM Corp (NASDAQ:SLM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE:SMG) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. 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. Unfortunately BC wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on BC were disappointed as the stock returned -14.9% during the same period 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 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q2.

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

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