Before we spend countless hours researching a company, we like to analyze what insiders, hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. This is a necessary first step in our investment process because our research has shown that the elite investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS).
Is AEIS a good stock to buy now? Hedge fund interest in Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. Our calculations also showed that AEIS isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Masonite International Corp (NYSE:DOOR), Kennametal Inc. (NYSE:KMT), and APi Group Corporation (NYSE:APG) to gather more data points.
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Do Hedge Funds Think AEIS Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
At third quarter’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AEIS over the last 21 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.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS). Royce & Associates has a $18.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $18.1 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Renaissance Technologies and Mark Coe’s Intrinsic Edge Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Clough Capital Partners allocated the biggest weight to Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS), around 0.44% of its 13F portfolio. Intrinsic Edge Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.43 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to AEIS.
Judging by the fact that Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS) has witnessed bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers that slashed their full holdings by the end of the third quarter. Interestingly, Doug Gordon, Jon Hilsabeck and Don Jabro’s Shellback Capital said goodbye to the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds followed by Insider Monkey, totaling about $5.1 million in stock, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Masonite International Corp (NYSE:DOOR), Kennametal Inc. (NYSE:KMT), APi Group Corporation (NYSE:APG), Pretium Resources Inc (NYSE:PVG), Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (NYSE:CCU), Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU), and Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (NASDAQ:AIMC). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to AEIS’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $312 million. That figure was $87 million in AEIS’s case. Masonite International Corp (NYSE:DOOR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (NYSE:CCU) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for AEIS is 59.3. 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. 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 percentage points. These stocks gained 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and still beat the market by 15.8 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on AEIS as the stock returned 60.2% since the end of Q3 (through 12/14) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
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