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Is DoorDash (DASH) a good stock to buy now? The smart money was buying. The number of long hedge fund bets improved by 38 lately. DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH) was in 38 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. Our calculations also showed that DASH isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings).
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Do Hedge Funds Think DASH Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
At fourth quarter’s end, a total of 38 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 38 from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 0 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DASH 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.
Among these funds, Coatue Management held the most valuable stake in DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH), which was worth $1249.2 million at the end of the fourth quarter. On the second spot was Darsana Capital Partners which amassed $666.9 million worth of shares. SCGE Management, Lone Pine Capital, and Tiger Global Management LLC 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 Darsana Capital Partners allocated the biggest weight to DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH), around 18.82% of its 13F portfolio. SCGE Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 7.11 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DASH.
As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Coatue Management, managed by Philippe Laffont, initiated the most valuable position in DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH). Coatue Management had $1.2492 billion invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Anand Desai’s Darsana Capital Partners also made a $666.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new DASH investors: Christopher Lyle’s SCGE Management, Lone Pine Capital, and Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH). We will take a look at Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF), Roper Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ROP), Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. (NASDAQ:KDP), The Blackstone Group Inc. (NYSE:BX), NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI), Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON), and Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to DASH’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 46.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2225 million. That figure was $3952 million in DASH’s case. NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. DoorDash, Inc. (NYSE:DASH) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for DASH is 44.3. 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. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 81.2% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 26 percentage points. These stocks gained 5.3% in 2021 through March 19th and surpassed the market again by 0.8 percentage points. Unfortunately DASH wasn’t nearly as popular as these 30 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); DASH investors were disappointed as the stock returned -5.4% since the end of December (through 3/19) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.
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