Is CI A Good Stock To Buy Now?

In this article we will analyze whether Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) is a good investment right now by following the lead of some of the best investors in the world and piggybacking their ideas. There’s no better way to get these firms’ immense resources and analytical capabilities working for us than to follow their lead into their best ideas. While not all of these picks will be winners, our research shows that these picks historically outperformed the market by double digits annually.

Is Cigna (CI) a good stock to buy now? Hedge funds were in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets retreated by 10 in recent months. Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) was in 62 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistics is 76. Our calculations also showed that CI isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). There were 72 hedge funds in our database with CI positions at the end of the second quarter.

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Larry Robbins of Glenview Capital

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How are hedge funds trading Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 62 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -14% from the second quarter of 2020. By comparison, 65 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CI a year ago. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the number one position in Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI). Viking Global has a $245 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is BloombergSen, managed by Jonathan Bloomberg, which holds a $244.7 million call position; the fund has 17.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include Larry Robbins’s Glenview Capital, Martin Taylor’s Crake Asset Management and Michael Lowenstein’s Kensico Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position BloombergSen allocated the biggest weight to Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI), around 17.74% of its 13F portfolio. Solel Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 13.55 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CI.

Due to the fact that Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of funds who sold off their positions entirely in the third quarter. Interestingly, Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP cut the biggest investment of the 750 funds followed by Insider Monkey, worth about $88.6 million in stock. Samuel Isaly’s fund, OrbiMed Advisors, also dumped its stock, about $82.5 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 10 funds in the third quarter.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI). We will take a look at Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW), NetEase, Inc (NASDAQ:NTES), VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME), Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN), and CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to CI’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ITW 39 565865 4
NTES 45 3666807 7
VMW 31 468712 -11
CME 59 2577224 -1
ADP 42 1927660 -7
REGN 44 1404179 -5
CSX 58 3253140 12
Average 45.4 1980512 -0.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 45.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1981 million. That figure was $2752 million in CI’s case. CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW) is the least popular one with only 31 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for CI is 69.5. 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 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks returned 31.6% in 2020 through December 2nd but still managed to beat the market by 16 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on CI as the stock returned 25.1% since the end of September (through 12/2) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.