Is CLS A Good Stock To Buy Now?

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 817 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30th. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS) based on that data.

Is CLS a good stock to buy now? Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 18. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with CLS holdings at the end of June. Our calculations also showed that CLS 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).

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

At the end of September, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 36% from the second quarter of 2020. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CLS over the last 21 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

More specifically, Pzena Investment Management was the largest shareholder of Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS), with a stake worth $47.4 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Pzena Investment Management was Arrowstreet Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $17.5 million. D E Shaw, Citadel Investment Group, and Nishkama Capital 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 Nishkama Capital allocated the biggest weight to Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS), around 1.27% of its 13F portfolio. Invenomic Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.54 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CLS.

As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds have jumped into Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS) headfirst. Nishkama Capital, managed by Ravee Mehta, established the largest position in Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS). Nishkama Capital had $2.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $2.6 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS). We will take a look at Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AMPH), istar Inc (NYSE:STAR), Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG), DHT Holdings Inc (NYSE:DHT), Cardtronics plc (NASDAQ:CATM), Dyne Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DYN), and Denbury Inc. (NYSE:DEN). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to CLS’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AMPH 8 16840 -1
STAR 14 102800 1
EIG 12 52197 0
DHT 24 129282 6a
CATM 15 247410 -6
DYN 23 219240 23
DEN 9 298169 9
Average 15 152277 4.6

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 15 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $152 million. That figure was $88 million in CLS’s case. DHT Holdings Inc (NYSE:DHT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AMPH) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Celestica Inc. (NYSE:CLS) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for CLS is 55.9. 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 gained 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and still beat the market by 15.8 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on CLS as the stock returned 15.9% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/14) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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