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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (HSII)

A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended March 31, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII).

Is Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII) a buy, sell, or hold? Investors who are in the know are taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions retreated by 4 lately. Our calculations also showed that HSII isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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 40 percentage points since May 2014 through May 30, 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 30.9% through May 30, 2019. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

Chuck Royce

Let’s take a glance at the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII).

Hedge fund activity in Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HSII over the last 15 quarters. So, let’s find out 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, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the number one position in Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII). Renaissance Technologies has a $44.6 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $22.4 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Since Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII) has faced falling interest from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there were a few funds who were dropping their positions entirely by the end of the third quarter. Intriguingly, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management dropped the largest stake of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $4.9 million in call options. Matthew Hulsizer’s fund, PEAK6 Capital Management, also dumped its call options, about $0.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII). We will take a look at Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE:ETM), Dermira Inc (NASDAQ:DERM), Century Communities, Inc (NYSE:CCS), and Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ:XOG). This group of stocks’ market values resemble HSII’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ETM 21 95501 5
DERM 24 202565 8
CCS 16 197409 1
XOG 20 130068 -2
Average 20.25 156386 3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 20.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $156 million. That figure was $132 million in HSII’s case. Dermira Inc (NASDAQ:DERM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Century Communities, Inc (NYSE:CCS) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII) 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 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Unfortunately HSII wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); HSII investors were disappointed as the stock returned -18.4% 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.

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