Is DBD A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is DBD a good stock to buy now? Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 21. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with DBD positions at the end of the second quarter. Our calculations also showed that DBD 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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Bill Miller of Miller Value Partners

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

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards DBD over the last 21 quarters. So, let’s examine 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, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the largest position in Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated (NYSE:DBD). GAMCO Investors has a $32.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Miller Value Partners, managed by Bill Miller, which holds a $25.1 million position; 0.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions consist of Frederick DiSanto’s Ancora Advisors, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Carl Goldsmith and Scott Klein’s Beach Point Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Beach Point Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated (NYSE:DBD), around 5.15% of its 13F portfolio. Miller Value Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.9 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DBD.

Due to the fact that Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) has witnessed a decline in interest from hedge fund managers, we can see that there lies a certain “tier” of funds that slashed their full holdings heading into Q4. At the top of the heap, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors dumped the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, worth about $0.3 million in stock, and Donald Sussman’s Paloma Partners was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $0.2 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds heading into Q4.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA), Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG), Seacor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CKH), Republic Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCAA), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN), SpartanNash Company (NASDAQ:SPTN), and Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMBC). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble DBD’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HA 9 29092 -3
GLNG 22 151248 5
CKH 10 86903 2
RBCAA 4 5485 -1
GRPN 16 136870 -3
SPTN 12 41184 -3
AMBC 15 61070 -1
Average 12.6 73122 -0.6

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $73 million. That figure was $125 million in DBD’s case. Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Republic Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:RBCAA) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Diebold Nixdorf Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for DBD is 56. 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. Hedge funds were also right about betting on DBD as the stock returned 40.1% since the end of Q3 (through 12/14) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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