Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Seaboard Corporation (SEB)

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Seaboard Corporation (NYSE:SEB) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2019. SEB investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with SEB holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that seb isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s check out the recent hedge fund action surrounding Seaboard Corporation (NYSE:SEB).

What have hedge funds been doing with Seaboard Corporation (NYSE:SEB)?

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 one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SEB over the last 15 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with SEB Positions

More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of Seaboard Corporation (NYSE:SEB), with a stake worth $26.9 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was Sabrepoint Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $15.6 million. Third Avenue Management, Rubric Capital Management, and Millennium Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Consequently, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Rubric Capital Management, managed by David Rosen, created the largest position in Seaboard Corporation (NYSE:SEB). Rubric Capital Management had $7.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. C. Jonathan Gattman’s Cloverdale Capital Management also made a $1.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Seaboard Corporation (NYSE:SEB) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:PAC), Antero Midstream Corp (NYSE:AM), GDS Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:GDS), and Manpowergroup Inc (NYSE:MAN). All of these stocks’ market caps match SEB’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
PAC 7 85862 4
AM 19 321459 4
GDS 33 846857 8
MAN 19 490554 -6
Average 19.5 436183 2.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $436 million. That figure was $69 million in SEB’s case. GDS Holdings Limited (NASDAQ:GDS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:PAC) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Seaboard Corporation (NYSE:SEB) 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 SEB wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); SEB investors were disappointed as the stock returned -3.7% 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.