First Eagle Investment Management recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download below. The First Eagle Fund of America posted a return of -23.72% for the quarter (without sales charge), underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned -19.60% in the same quarter. You should check out First Eagle’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash. There weren’t a lot of funds who could deliver these kinds of returns without shorting the market or using aggressive put options.
In the said letter, First Eagle highlighted a few stocks and Bloom Energy Corp (NYSE:BE) is one of them. Bloom Energy manufactures and markets solid oxide fuel cells that produce electricity on-site. Year-to-date, Bloom Energy Corp (NYSE:BE) stock gained 7.2% and on May 28th it had a closing price of $8.07. Here is what First Eagle said:
“Bloom Energy and its hydrogen fuel cell peers performed very well early in 2020, as investors appeared to develop greater appreciation for the potential of fuel cell technology in an environment of falling natural gas prices. Bloom gave back all of this performance and more mid-quarter, however, as a financial restatement that delayed the release of their 2019 10K compounded the impact of the general coronavirus-related market selloff. A better-than-feared fourth quarter earnings report, which showed 50% growth in system acceptances, prompted a late-March rebound.”
In Q3 2019, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Bloom Energy Corp (NYSE:BE) stock increased by about 27% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers seem to agree with BE’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Bloom Energy Corp (NYSE:BE) isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
The top 10 stocks among hedge funds returned 185% since the end of 2014 and outperformed the S&P 500 Index ETFs by more than 109 percentage points. We know it sounds unbelievable. You have been dismissing our articles about top hedge fund stocks mostly because you were fed biased information by other media outlets about hedge funds’ poor performance. You could have doubled the size of your nest egg by investing in the top hedge fund stocks instead of dumb S&P 500 ETFs. Below you can watch our video about the top 5 hedge fund stocks right now. All of these stocks had positive returns in 2020.
Video: Top 5 Stocks Among Hedge Funds
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