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Is Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM) a buy right now? Prominent investors are taking a pessimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions were trimmed by 11 lately. Our calculations also showed that altm isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We’re going to check out the recent hedge fund action regarding Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM).
What have hedge funds been doing with Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM)?
Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -69% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 17 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ALTM a year ago. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Anchorage Advisors was the largest shareholder of Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM), with a stake worth $29 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Anchorage Advisors was Magnetar Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $7.7 million. Moore Global Investments, Millennium Management, and Centiva Capital were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
We view hedge fund activity in the stock unfavorable, but in this case there was only a single hedge fund selling its entire position: 999. One hedge fund selling its entire position doesn’t always imply a bearish intent. Theoretically a hedge fund may decide to sell a promising position in order to invest the proceeds in a more promising idea. However, we don’t think this is the case in this case because only one of the 800+ hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey identified as a viable investment and initiated a position in the stock (that fund was Anchorage Advisors).
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM) but similarly valued. These stocks are Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (NYSE:AHL), Alarm.com Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALRM), Noah Holdings Limited (NYSE:NOAH), and Triton International Limited (NYSE:TRTN). This group of stocks’ market valuations match ALTM’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $233 million. That figure was $42 million in ALTM’s case. Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (NYSE:AHL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Noah Holdings Limited (NYSE:NOAH) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Altus Midstream Company (NASDAQ:ALTM) is even less popular than NOAH. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards ALTM. Our calculations showed that the top 15 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Unfortunately ALTM wasn’t nearly as popular as these 15 stock (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); ALTM investors were disappointed as the stock returned -30% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market this year.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.