With the fourth-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the first quarter. One of these stocks was Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY).
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We’re going to analyze the new hedge fund action encompassing Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY).
Hedge fund activity in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY)
Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 8% from the second quarter of 2018. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CATY a year ago. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, GLG Partners, managed by Noam Gottesman, holds the most valuable position in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY). GLG Partners has a $13 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which holds a $10.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.
Consequently, key money managers have jumped into Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) headfirst. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, created the most valuable position in Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY). Marshall Wace LLP had $1.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Hoon Kim’s Quantinno Capital also made a $0.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CATY investors: Michael Platt and William Reeves’s BlueCrest Capital Mgmt. and Benjamin A. Smith’s Laurion Capital Management.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMMU), J&J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ:JJSF), Stag Industrial Inc (NYSE:STAG), and Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to CATY’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $280 million. That figure was $48 million in CATY’s case. Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMMU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand J&J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ:JJSF) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) 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 CATY wasn’t nearly as popular as these 15 stock (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); CATY investors were disappointed as the stock returned 5.6% 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.