Is EDU Stock A Buy or Sell?

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Is EDU stock a buy or sell? New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU) was in 43 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 50. Our calculations also showed that EDU isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings).

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

At fourth quarter’s end, a total of 43 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 8% from the third quarter of 2020. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in EDU over the last 22 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Is EDU A Good Stock To Buy?

More specifically, Alkeon Capital Management was the largest shareholder of New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU), with a stake worth $353.2 million reported as of the end of December. Trailing Alkeon Capital Management was Tiger Global Management LLC, which amassed a stake valued at $342.5 million. GQG Partners, Renaissance Technologies, and Farallon 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 IvyRock Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU), around 29.29% of its 13F portfolio. Serenity Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 28.67 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to EDU.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers have jumped into New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU) headfirst. D1 Capital Partners, managed by Daniel Sundheim, initiated the most valuable position in New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU). D1 Capital Partners had $74.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Charles Huang’s IvyRock Asset Management also made a $47.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new EDU investors: Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, Kevin Mok’s Hidden Lake Asset Management, and Run Ye, Junji Takegami and Hoyon Hwang’s Tiger Pacific Capital.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU). We will take a look at Seagen Inc. (NASDAQ:SGEN), SBA Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:SBAC), Royalty Pharma Plc (NASDAQ:RPRX), ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS), AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS), and Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI). This group of stocks’ market caps match EDU’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SGEN 32 8619222 4
SBAC 43 1761954 0
RPRX 18 3384693 -2
ANSS 40 1633274 0
AFL 35 389034 1
CS 11 46020 -2
KMI 42 1031459 -4
Average 31.6 2409379 -0.4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 31.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2409 million. That figure was $2541 million in EDU’s case. SBA Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:SBAC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for EDU is 83.8. 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 positive signal but 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 beat the market again by 0.8 percentage points. Unfortunately EDU wasn’t nearly as popular as these 30 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on EDU were disappointed as the stock returned -11.4% 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 many of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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