Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Oshkosh Corporation (OSK)

The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the March quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge fund investors experienced strong gains on the back of a strong market performance, which certainly propelled them to adjust their equity holdings so as to maintain the desired risk profile. As a result, the relevancy of these public filings and their content is indisputable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK).

Is Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) going to take off soon? The smart money is taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets were cut by 5 lately. Our calculations also showed that osk isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. OSK was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2019. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with OSK positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Hedge funds’ reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn’t keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. 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.

Alexander Roepers, Atlantic Investment Management

Let’s take a glance at the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK).

How have hedgies been trading Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -17% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 26 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in OSK a year ago. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with OSK Positions

More specifically, AQR Capital Management was the largest shareholder of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), with a stake worth $101.6 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing AQR Capital Management was Two Sigma Advisors, which amassed a stake valued at $43.7 million. Atlantic Investment Management, Citadel Investment Group, and Lodge Hill Capital were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Seeing as Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) has faced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedgies that decided to sell off their positions entirely heading into Q3. It’s worth mentioning that Robert Polak’s Anchor Bolt Capital dumped the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $32.2 million in stock, and Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $10 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 5 funds heading into Q3.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK). We will take a look at National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG), Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN), NIO Inc. (NYSE:NIO), and Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to OSK’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
NFG 16 236763 0
HUN 35 470004 9
NIO 21 215822 8
BPL 5 12374 0
Average 19.25 233741 4.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $234 million. That figure was $354 million in OSK’s case. Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) 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 OSK, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 0.4% during the same time frame and outperformed the market as well.

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