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Is BMBL a good stock to buy? Hedge funds were taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by 29 in recent months. Bumble Inc. (NASDAQ:BMBL) was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. Our calculations also showed that BMBL isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).
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Do Hedge Funds Think BMBL Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
At the end of March, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 29 from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BMBL over the last 23 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.
More specifically, Citadel Investment Group was the largest shareholder of Bumble Inc. (NASDAQ:BMBL), with a stake worth $107.7 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Citadel Investment Group was Viking Global, which amassed a stake valued at $69.8 million. Altimeter Capital Management, Tiger Global Management LLC, and Honeycomb Asset Management 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 Honeycomb Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to Bumble Inc. (NASDAQ:BMBL), around 2.8% of its 13F portfolio. Pinz Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 2.1 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BMBL.
Now, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, initiated the most valuable position in Bumble Inc. (NASDAQ:BMBL). Citadel Investment Group had $107.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global also initiated a $69.8 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new BMBL investors: Brad Gerstner’s Altimeter Capital Management, Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC, and David Fiszel’s Honeycomb Asset Management.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Bumble Inc. (NASDAQ:BMBL). These stocks are Digital Turbine Inc (NASDAQ:APPS), Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ:FRPT), Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:VAC), II-VI, Inc. (NASDAQ:IIVI), Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE), TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE:TCF), and Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble BMBL’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $396 million. That figure was $546 million in BMBL’s case. II-VI, Inc. (NASDAQ:IIVI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Bumble Inc. (NASDAQ:BMBL) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for BMBL is 62.4. 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 22.8% in 2021 through July 2nd and beat the market again by 6 percentage points. Unfortunately BMBL wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on BMBL were disappointed as the stock returned -11.2% since the end of March (through 7/2) 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.
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