Is Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) a good investment right now? We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, expert networks, and get tips from industry insiders. They sometimes fail miserably but historically their consensus stock picks outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. It isn’t an exciting stock. According to our database, the last time there was an insider purchase in this stock was in 2011 at an average price of $25.33 and that purchases yielded a total gain of around 55% underperforming the market. Comcast also made our list of 10 companies with the worst customer service in 2017. However, it is still the 12th most popular stock among hedge funds at the end of the second quarter (see the list of 25 most popular stocks among hedge funds).
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We’re going to take a peek at the latest hedge fund action encompassing Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA).
Hedge fund activity in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 93 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -4% from the second quarter of 2018. By comparison, 94 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CMCSA heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management was the largest shareholder of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), with a stake worth $1.04 billions reported as of the end of June. Trailing Eagle Capital Management was Highfields Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $669.4 millions. 3G Capital, Thunderbird Partners, and Guardian Point Capital were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
Because Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has experienced bearish sentiment from the smart money, we can see that there is a sect of fund managers who sold off their entire stakes by the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, Eric W. Mandelblatt and Gaurav Kapadia’s Soroban Capital Partners dumped the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $762.3 million in stock. Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s fund, Senator Investment Group, also said goodbye to its stock, about $153.8 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds by the end of the second quarter.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). These stocks are AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (NYSE:PTR), and SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble CMCSA’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 32 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2308 million. That figure was $7254 million in CMCSA’s case. NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. PetroChina Company Limited (PTR) is also not popular at all among hedge funds. Compared to these stocks Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is extremely popular. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.