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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Conduent Incorporated (CNDT)

Is Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the winners in the stock market.

Is Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT) a good investment today? The smart money is getting more bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 1 recently. Our calculations also showed that CNDT isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. CNDT was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. There were 34 hedge funds in our database with CNDT positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Why do we pay any attention at all to hedge fund sentiment? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ large-cap stock picks indeed failed to beat the market between 1999 and 2016. However, we were able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 32 percentage points since May 2014 through March 12, 2019 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that’ll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 27.5% through March 12, 2019. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds

We’re going to analyze the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT).

How have hedgies been trading Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT)?

Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 3% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CNDT over the last 14 quarters. So, let’s examine 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, Icahn Capital LP was the largest shareholder of Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT), with a stake worth $210.5 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Icahn Capital LP was Iridian Asset Management, which amassed a stake valued at $66.5 million. Renaissance Technologies, AQR Capital Management, and Glenview Capital were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Clearline Capital, managed by Marc Majzner, initiated the most valuable position in Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT). Clearline Capital had $5.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP also made a $3.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are William C. Martin’s Raging Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Minhua Zhang’s Weld Capital Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT). We will take a look at Sunoco LP (NYSE:SUN), Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEXEA), WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC), and Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY). This group of stocks’ market values resemble CNDT’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SUN 7 11185 0
LEXEA 26 354597 2
WCC 26 387245 0
KFY 21 78489 1
Average 20 207879 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 20 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $208 million. That figure was $488 million in CNDT’s case. Liberty Expedia Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEXEA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sunoco LP (NYSE:SUN) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT) is more popular among hedge funds. 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. Hedge funds were also right about betting on CNDT, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 22.2% and outperformed the market as well.

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

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