Is Cerence Inc. (CRNC) A Good Stock To Buy?

The 800+ hedge funds and famous money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the first quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of March 31st. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund portfolios. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC).

Is CRNC a good stock to buy? Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. The all time high for this statistic is 22. CRNC has seen an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with CRNC holdings at the end of December. Our calculations also showed that CRNC isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).

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Do Hedge Funds Think CRNC Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Heading into the second quarter of 2021, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 43% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CRNC over the last 23 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

The largest stake in Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC) was held by Moore Global Investments, which reported holding $128.2 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Millennium Management with a $14.8 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Citadel Investment Group, Honeycomb Asset Management, and Citadel Investment Group. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Andar Capital allocated the biggest weight to Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC), around 6.99% of its 13F portfolio. Isomer Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 2.8 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CRNC.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Honeycomb Asset Management, managed by David Fiszel, established the most outsized position in Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC). Honeycomb Asset Management had $14.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Mark Coe’s Intrinsic Edge Capital also initiated a $4.7 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CRNC investors: Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, Peter Muller’s PDT Partners, and Peter Algert’s Algert Global.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC). We will take a look at Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE:CMD), Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY), Atlas Corp. (NYSE:ATCO), NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA), Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc (NASDAQ:KTOS), Revolution Medicines, Inc. (NASDAQ:RVMD), and Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY). This group of stocks’ market values are similar to CRNC’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CMD 30 592747 8
KFY 16 226581 -1
ATCO 12 1424585 -6
NUVA 20 272025 -5
KTOS 16 194053 -2
RVMD 26 643312 0
MCY 20 178505 2
Average 20 504544 -0.6

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 20 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $505 million. That figure was $213 million in CRNC’s case. Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE:CMD) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Atlas Corp. (NYSE:ATCO) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for CRNC is 59.5. 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. 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 23.8% in 2021 through July 16th and still beat the market by 7.7 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on CRNC as the stock returned 20.8% since the end of the first quarter (through 7/16) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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