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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About DaVita Inc (DVA)

Is DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more incentives and resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments.

DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. Our calculations also showed that DVA isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

So, why do we pay attention to hedge fund sentiment before making any investment decisions? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still 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 underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter. Even if you aren’t comfortable with shorting stocks, you should at least avoid initiating long positions in our short portfolio.

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We’re going to review the recent hedge fund action surrounding DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA).

Hedge fund activity in DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA)

Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 39 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -7% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 42 hedge funds with a bullish position in DVA a year ago. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett, holds the most valuable position in DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA). Berkshire Hathaway has a $1.9846 billion position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global, with a $134.3 million position; the fund has 0.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Michael A. Price and Amos Meron’s Empyrean Capital Partners, Jeffrey Gates’s Gates Capital Management and Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management.

Judging by the fact that DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA) has witnessed a decline in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds that slashed their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies dumped the largest stake of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, comprising about $45.5 million in stock, and John W. Rende’s Copernicus Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $12.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds last quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA). These stocks are Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE:GG), Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN), Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT), and BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE). This group of stocks’ market caps match DVA’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
GG 24 182700 6
MTN 26 544655 -4
HTHT 15 147112 1
BGNE 15 1967050 -8
Average 20 710379 -1.25

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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 $710 million. That figure was $3002 million in DVA’s case. Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks DaVita Inc (NYSE:DVA) 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 top 15 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 19.7% through March 15th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 6.6 percentage points. Unfortunately DVA wasn’t in this group. Hedge funds that bet on DVA were disappointed as the stock returned 4% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks, you should check out the top 15 hedge fund stocks as 13 of these outperformed the market.

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

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