Is CPLG A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is CPLG a good stock to buy now? CorePoint Lodging Inc. (NYSE:CPLG) has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. CorePoint Lodging Inc. (NYSE:CPLG) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 23. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with CPLG holdings at the end of June. Our calculations also showed that CPLG 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 CPLG Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -17% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in CPLG a year ago. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

The largest stake in CorePoint Lodging Inc. (NYSE:CPLG) was held by Newtyn Management, which reported holding $13.6 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Solas Capital Management with a $5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Arrowstreet Capital, Renaissance Technologies, and Citadel Investment Group. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Solas Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to CorePoint Lodging Inc. (NYSE:CPLG), around 4.83% of its 13F portfolio. Newtyn Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 3.3 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CPLG.

We view hedge fund activity in the stock unfavorable, but in this case there was only a single hedge fund selling its entire position: ExodusPoint Capital. One hedge fund selling its entire position doesn’t always imply a bearish intent. Theoretically a hedge fund may decide to sell a promising position in order to invest the proceeds in a more promising idea. However, we don’t think this is the case in this case because none of the 750+ hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey identified CPLG as a viable investment and initiated a position in the stock.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as CorePoint Lodging Inc. (NYSE:CPLG) but similarly valued. These stocks are Repro Med Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KRMD), HEXO Corp. (NYSE:HEXO), Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGLE), Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCBG), Qudian Inc. (NYSE:QD), Great Panther Mining Ltd (NYSE:GPL), and The Container Store Group Inc (NYSE:TCS). This group of stocks’ market values are similar to CPLG’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
KRMD 15 15709 0
HEXO 4 374 -1
AGLE 22 147695 3
CCBG 6 6349 3
QD 6 8739 -2
GPL 5 4961 1
TCS 14 181766 5
Average 10.3 52228 1.3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $52 million. That figure was $25 million in CPLG’s case. Aeglea BioTherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGLE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand HEXO Corp. (NYSE:HEXO) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. CorePoint Lodging Inc. (NYSE:CPLG) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for CPLG is 32.7. 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 32.9% in 2020 through December 8th and still beat the market by 16.2 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on CPLG as the stock returned 27.5% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/8) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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