2018’s fourth quarter was a rough one for investors and many hedge funds, which were naturally unable to overcome the big dip in the broad market, as the S&P 500 fell by about 4.8% during 2018 and average hedge fund losing about 1%. The Russell 2000, composed of smaller companies, performed even worse, trailing the S&P by more than 6 percentage points, as investors fled less-known quantities for safe havens. Luckily hedge funds were shifting their holdings into large-cap stocks. The 20 most popular hedge fund stocks actually generated an average return of 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF by more than 10 percentage points. In this article we will study how hedge fund sentiment towards Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD) changed during the third quarter and how the stock performed in comparison to hedge fund consensus stocks.
Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD) was in 37 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. PODD investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with PODD positions at the end of the second quarter. Our calculations also showed that PODD isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video at the end of this article for Q2 rankings).
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What does smart money think about Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2019, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 54% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PODD over the last 17 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD) was held by Coatue Management, which reported holding $116.7 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by D E Shaw with a $89.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Millennium Management, Rock Springs Capital Management, and Columbus Circle Investors. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Think Investments allocated the biggest weight to Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD), around 11.19% of its 13F portfolio. Consonance Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 2.54 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PODD.
As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Coatue Management, managed by Philippe Laffont, created the largest position in Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD). Coatue Management had $116.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $44.5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PODD investors: Mitchell Blutt’s Consonance Capital Management, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital, and Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD). We will take a look at Altaba Inc. (NASDAQ:AABA), Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN), Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ), and Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB). This group of stocks’ market caps match PODD’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 31.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1849 million. That figure was $500 million in PODD’s case. Altaba Inc. (NASDAQ:AABA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB) is the least popular one with only 14 bullish hedge fund positions. Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on PODD as the stock returned 115.8% in 2019 and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.