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Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (NYSE:RDY) investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. RDY was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2019. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with RDY positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that rdy isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s take a look at the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (NYSE:RDY).
Hedge fund activity in Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (NYSE:RDY)
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 10% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 9 hedge funds with a bullish position in RDY a year ago. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (NYSE:RDY), with a stake worth $43.1 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was AQR Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $20.4 million. D E Shaw, Dalton Investments, and Millennium Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
As aggregate interest increased, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, created the most valuable position in Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (NYSE:RDY). Millennium Management had $1.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Sander Gerber’s Hudson Bay Capital Management also made a $0.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new RDY investors: Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (NYSE:RDY). We will take a look at Israel Chemicals Ltd. (NYSE:ICL), Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS), AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR), and Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ:AMRN). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble RDY’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 18.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $666 million. That figure was $91 million in RDY’s case. Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Israel Chemicals Ltd. (NYSE:ICL) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (NYSE:RDY) 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. Unfortunately RDY wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); RDY investors were disappointed as the stock returned -8.8% during the same time 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.