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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (SYKE)

The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the fourth quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of December 31. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE).

Hedge fund interest in Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare SYKE to other stocks including Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI), Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR), and Engility Holdings Inc (NYSE:EGL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Let’s take a look at the key hedge fund action regarding Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE).

What have hedge funds been doing with Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE)?

Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SYKE 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.

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The largest stake in Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $15 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Arrowstreet Capital with a $7.1 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included AQR Capital Management, Intrepid Capital Management, and Citadel Investment Group.

Since Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE) has experienced declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few fund managers who sold off their full holdings in the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds watched by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $1.4 million in stock, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:HOLI), Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR), Engility Holdings Inc (NYSE:EGL), and Installed Building Products Inc (NYSE:IBP). This group of stocks’ market values resemble SYKE’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HOLI 15 70270 -1
SNBR 18 75967 4
EGL 14 72165 -3
IBP 8 125553 -1
Average 13.75 85989 -0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $86 million. That figure was $40 million in SYKE’s case. Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Installed Building Products Inc (NYSE:IBP) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. 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. Unfortunately SYKE wasn’t nearly as popular as these 15 stock and hedge funds that were betting on SYKE were disappointed as the stock returned 10.7% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market this year.

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

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