ClearBridge Investments, an investment management firm, published its “Large Cap Value Strategy” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. The ClearBridge Large Cap Value Strategy underperformed its Russell 1000 Value Index benchmark during the first quarter. On an absolute basis, the Strategy had gains in 10 of 11 sectors in which it was invested for the quarter. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.
ClearBridge Investments, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), and shared their insights on the company. Capital One Financial Corporation is a McLean, Virginia-based bank holding company that currently has a $73.8 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, COF delivered a 65.53% return, extending its 12-month gains to 108.53%. As of June 07, 2021, the stock closed at $163.55 per share.
Here is what ClearBridge Investments has to say about Capital One Financial Corporation in its Q1 2021 investor letter:
“While reducing in health care and consumer staples, we increased our exposure to high-quality names in economically sensitive areas of the market. In financials, we increased our position in Capital One on the premise that a benign consumer credit environment should be sustainable in light of unprecedented government support.”
Our calculations show that Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, Capital One Financial Corporation was in 59 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 56 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. COF delivered a 29.49% return in the past 3 months.
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