Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track nearly 900 active prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile failures like hedge funds’ 2018 losses in Facebook and Apple. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR) in this article.
Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the second quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. Our calculations also showed that IMMR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings). At the end of this article we will also compare IMMR to other stocks including NavSight Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:NSH), First Choice Bancorp (NASDAQ:FCBP), and Progenity, Inc. (NASDAQ:PROG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
According to most stock holders, hedge funds are assumed to be worthless, outdated investment tools of the past. While there are greater than 8000 funds in operation at the moment, Our experts look at the moguls of this club, about 850 funds. These money managers oversee bulk of all hedge funds’ total asset base, and by keeping an eye on their best stock picks, Insider Monkey has determined numerous investment strategies that have historically defeated the S&P 500 index. Insider Monkey’s flagship short hedge fund strategy outstripped the S&P 500 short ETFs by around 20 percentage points per annum since its inception in March 2017. Also, our monthly newsletter’s portfolio of long stock picks returned 206.8% since March 2017 (through May 2021) and beat the S&P 500 Index by more than 115 percentage points. You can download a sample issue of this newsletter on our website .
At Insider Monkey, we scour multiple sources to uncover the next great investment idea. For example, pet market is growing at a 7% annual rate and is expected to reach $110 billion in 2021. So, we are checking out the 5 best stocks for animal lovers. We go through lists like the 15 best Jim Cramer stocks to identify the next Tesla that will deliver outsized returns. Even though we recommend positions in only a tiny fraction of the companies we analyze, we check out as many stocks as we can. We read hedge fund investor letters and listen to stock pitches at hedge fund conferences. You can subscribe to our free daily newsletter on our homepage. Now let’s analyze the key hedge fund action surrounding Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR).
Do Hedge Funds Think IMMR Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
At first quarter’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in IMMR a year ago. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Raging Capital Management was the largest shareholder of Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR), with a stake worth $21.3 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Raging Capital Management was Rima Senvest Management, which amassed a stake valued at $13 million. Millennium Management, Skylands Capital, and VIEX Capital Advisors were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Raging Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR), around 41.25% of its 13F portfolio. VIEX Capital Advisors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 3.55 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to IMMR.
Since Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR) has witnessed a decline in interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedgies that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. At the top of the heap, Steven Ng and Andrew Mitchell’s Ophir Asset Management said goodbye to the largest position of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, totaling about $12 million in stock, and George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $8.1 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR). We will take a look at NavSight Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:NSH), First Choice Bancorp (NASDAQ:FCBP), Progenity, Inc. (NASDAQ:PROG), Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI), Exagen Inc. (NASDAQ:XGN), Newpark Resources Inc (NYSE:NR), and Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to IMMR’s market valuation.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
View table here if you experience formatting issues.
As you can see these stocks had an average of 11 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $43 million. That figure was $71 million in IMMR’s case. NavSight Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:NSH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand First Choice Bancorp (NASDAQ:FCBP) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for IMMR is 77.1. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. 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 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 23.8% in 2021 through July 16th and beat the market again by 7.7 percentage points. Unfortunately IMMR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on IMMR were disappointed as the stock returned -20.9% since the end of March (through 7/16) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.
Follow Immersion Corp (NASDAQ:IMMR)
Follow Immersion Corp (NASDAQ:IMMR)
- Top Stocks to Invest In According to Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital
- Billionaire Izzy Englander’s Top 10 Stock Picks
- 25 Worst Major Cities for Allergies in 2020
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.