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Is JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD) an outstanding investment now? Money managers are getting more bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets increased by 5 recently. Our calculations also showed that jeld isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. JELD was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with JELD holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund action regarding JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD).
How have hedgies been trading JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD)?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 31% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in JELD a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD) was held by Pzena Investment Management, which reported holding $135.6 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by Hound Partners with a $103.3 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Southpoint Capital Advisors, Raging Capital Management, and Millennium Management.
As aggregate interest increased, key money managers have jumped into JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD) headfirst. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, established the largest position in JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD). Millennium Management had $7.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Gregg Moskowitz’s Interval Partners also initiated a $4.6 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Brandon Osten’s Venator Capital Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD). We will take a look at Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG), Crescent Point Energy Corp (NYSE:CPG), MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL), and Mueller Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MLI). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to JELD’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $102 million. That figure was $328 million in JELD’s case. Solaredge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. (NYSE:JELD) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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. Hedge funds were also right about betting on JELD as the stock returned 8.2% during the same period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.