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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (ERIC)

With the first-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the first quarter. One of these stocks was Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ:ERIC).

Is Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ:ERIC) worth your attention right now? The best stock pickers are getting less optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions were trimmed by 5 recently. Our calculations also showed that eric isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to analyze the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ:ERIC).

How are hedge funds trading Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ:ERIC)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2019, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -20% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 10 hedge funds with a bullish position in ERIC a year ago. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with ERIC Positions

More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ:ERIC), with a stake worth $193.7 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was Arrowstreet Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $104.8 million. Cavalry Asset Management, 13D Management, and Masters Capital Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Since Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ:ERIC) has witnessed falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there was a specific group of hedge funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes heading into Q3. Intriguingly, Larry Chen and Terry Zhang’s Tairen Capital said goodbye to the biggest stake of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, totaling about $22.6 million in stock, and Mark Moore’s ThornTree Capital Partners was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $10.7 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 5 funds heading into Q3.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ:ERIC) but similarly valued. These stocks are Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN), Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ), and Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS). This group of stocks’ market valuations match ERIC’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ALXN 35 2311990 -6
PEG 28 1019022 -2
HPQ 35 868419 -5
CS 14 194661 0
Average 28 1098523 -3.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1099 million. That figure was $425 million in ERIC’s case. Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS) is the least popular one with only 14 bullish hedge fund positions. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (NASDAQ:ERIC) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below 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. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on ERIC as the stock returned 5.4% during the same time frame and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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

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