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Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. Our calculations also showed that mat isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s go over the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT).
Hedge fund activity in Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT)
At Q4’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -6% from the second quarter of 2018. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in MAT over the last 14 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Mason Hawkins’s Southeastern Asset Management has the most valuable position in Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), worth close to $398.1 million, comprising 5.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, which holds a $122.8 million position; 1.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Geoffrey Raynor’s Q Investments (Specter Holdings), and Steve Ketchum’s Sound Point Capital.
Due to the fact that Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) has experienced falling interest from the smart money, we can see that there is a sect of money managers that slashed their positions entirely in the third quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management dropped the largest investment of the 700 funds followed by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $5.5 million in stock. Kenneth Tropin’s fund, Graham Capital Management, also dumped its stock, about $3.9 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds in the third quarter.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT). These stocks are Emcor Group Inc (NYSE:EME), Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP), Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG), and American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to MAT’s market cap.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
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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 $184 million. That figure was $546 million in MAT’s case. Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) is even less popular than ANAT. 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. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on MAT, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 17.8% and outperformed the market as well.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.