Looking for high-potential stocks? Just follow the big players within the hedge fund industry. Why should you do so? Let’s take a brief look at what statistics have to say about hedge funds’ stock picking abilities to illustrate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned approximately 7.6% in the 12 months ending November 21, with more than 51% of the stocks in the index failing to beat the benchmark. Therefore, the odds that one will pin down a winner by randomly picking a stock are less than the odds in a fair coin-tossing game. Conversely, best performing hedge funds’ 30 preferred mid-cap stocks generated a return of 18% during the same 12-month period. Coincidence? It might happen to be so, but it is unlikely. Our research covering a 17-year period indicates that hedge funds’ stock picks generate superior risk-adjusted returns. That’s why we believe it is wise to check hedge fund activity before you invest your time or your savings on a stock like Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) .
Is Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY) a buy right now? Prominent investors are indeed in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions suffered a reduction of 1 in recent months. ELYwas in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with ELY positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ELY to other stocks including First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ:FRME), Tronox Ltd (NYSE:TROX), and Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT) to get a better sense of its popularity.
We follow over 700 hedge funds and other institutional investors and by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings, we identify stocks that they are collectively bullish on and develop investment strategies based on this data. One strategy that outperformed the market over the last year, involves selecting the 100 best-performing funds and identifying the 30 mid-cap stocks that they are collectively most bullish on. Over the past year, this strategy generated returns of 18%, topping the 8% gain registered by S&P 500 ETFs.
Now, let’s check out the key action surrounding Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY).
How are hedge funds trading Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down 3% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ELY over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management has the biggest position in Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY), worth close to $30.8 million, accounting for 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Platinum Asset Management, led by Kerr Neilson, holding a $22.5 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Carson Yost’s Yost Capital Management, Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors and Douglas Dethy’s DC Capital Partners. We should note that Yost Capital Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.