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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Vedanta Ltd (VEDL)

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Vedanta Ltd (NYSE:VEDL) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest of late. VEDL was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with VEDL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that VEDL isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to take a look at the new hedge fund action regarding Vedanta Ltd (NYSE:VEDL).

How have hedgies been trading Vedanta Ltd (NYSE:VEDL)?

Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 40% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards VEDL over the last 14 quarters. 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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Among these funds, LMR Partners held the most valuable stake in Vedanta Ltd (NYSE:VEDL), which was worth $22.4 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Renaissance Technologies which amassed $20.9 million worth of shares. Moreover, AQR Capital Management, Weld Capital Management, and Two Sigma Advisors were also bullish on Vedanta Ltd (NYSE:VEDL), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. LMR Partners, managed by Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold, assembled the most outsized position in Vedanta Ltd (NYSE:VEDL). LMR Partners had $22.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Minhua Zhang’s Weld Capital Management also initiated a $1 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Vedanta Ltd (NYSE:VEDL). We will take a look at Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC), Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP), DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble VEDL’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
WDC 25 566493 -8
IEP 6 10137794 2
DXCM 31 738361 1
MRVL 35 1328538 4
Average 24.25 3192797 -0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 24.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $3193 million. That figure was $56 million in VEDL’s case. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:MRVL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Vedanta Ltd (NYSE:VEDL) 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 15 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 19.7% through March 15th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 6.6 percentage points. Unfortunately VEDL wasn’t in this group. Hedge funds that bet on VEDL were disappointed as the stock lost 11.8% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks, you should check out the top 15 hedge fund stocks as 13 of these outperformed the market.

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

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