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Hot Tuesday Stocks That Hedge Funds Avoided: Plug Power Inc (PLUG), Himax Technologies, Inc. (HIMX)

Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ:PLUG) and Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX) are notable movers in mid-day trading today, the former soaring on record revenues, while the latter is being buoyed by an analyst rating upgrade. Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ:PLUG) soared by as much as 16.59% to $2.60 per share compared to its closing price of $2.23  per share yesterday as the firm reported record revenues for the second quarter, while not disclosing exact figures. It also said it is on track to reach its target of $100 million in revenue for fiscal year 2015, a target which seemed overly lofty considering it only reported $9.4 million in revenue for the first quarter of the year. The firm said it shipped 888 units of its GenDrive fuel cell between April and June, an increase from the 419 units it shipped during the preceding quarter and the 687 units it shipped in the year-ago quarter. Year-to-date, the stock has plunged by 20.48% while within the last 12 months, it’s down by 44.62%.Plug Power Inc (PLUG), NASDAQ:PLUG, Himax Technologies Inc. (HIMX), NASDAQ:HIMX,

Meanwhile, Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX) received a rating upgrade from Chardan Capital Markets today, revising its rating to “Buy” from a previous rating of “Sell”. Chardan Capital Markets also raised its price target on Himax Technologies stock to $13 from $4, as the analyst firm has had a clear change of heart concerning the prospects of the company. In its note, the analyst firm said that channel checks reveal that Himax Technologies is supplying twice as much liquid crystal on silicon microdisplays to Microsoft for its HoloLens augmented reality headset compared to Google with its Glass project. Chardan Capital Markets also said that it believes Microsoft will make HoloLens available later this July. Unlike Plug Power, Himax Technologies’ stock has climbed by 3.94% year-to-date, and 27.42% in the last 12 months.

Hedge funds however have not been very positive in their assessments of the worth of these companies. At the end of March, a total of five of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Plug Power, a 44% decrease from the end of the fourth quarter. The value of their holdings also plunged, even more than the number of funds with long positions in the stock. Aggregate value of holdings dove 75.43% to $1.98 million by the end of the first quarter from $8.05 million the quarter earlier, a significant drop since the stock only decreased in value by 13.67% in the first quarter. Meanwhile, a total of ten of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long in Himax Technologies at the end of the first quarter, a decrease of 29% from the previous quarter. The total value of holdings held by the smart money also decreased by 59.15% to $26.9 million by the end of March from $65.86 million three months earlier. This decline is also far larger than the stock’s slump of 21.46% in the first quarter.

We follow hedge funds because our research has shown that their stock picks historically managed to generate alpha even though the filings are up to 45-days delayed. We used a 60-day delay in our back tests to be on the safe side and our research showed that the 15 most popular small-cap stocks among hedge funds outperformed the S&P 500 Total Return Index by an average of 95 basis points per month between 1999 and 2012. After adjusting for risk, our calculations revealed that these stocks’ monthly alpha was 80 basis points. We have also been sharing and tracking the performance of these stocks since the end of August 2012, during which time they have returned 135%, outperforming the S&P 500 ETF by nearly 80 percentage points (see more details here).

Furthermore, Insider Monkey also studies if insiders of companies are buying or selling their companies’ shares. For Plug Power, no purchases were made by insiders this year while Air Liquide Investissements d’Avenir et de Demonstration SA, which has a director seat in the firm, had sold 9,101 shares of the firm by the end of March. There were no recorded sales or purchases of shares by insiders of Himax Technologies this year. With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the key action regarding Plug Power Inc and Himax Technologies, Inc.

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