Is EEFT A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is EEFT a good stock to buy now? The best stock pickers were turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions increased by 2 in recent months. Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT) was in 39 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 47. Our calculations also showed that EEFT 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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Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Managemnet

Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management

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

At Q3’s end, a total of 39 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 5% from the second quarter of 2020. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in EEFT over the last 21 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Is EEFT A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT) was held by Dorsal Capital Management, which reported holding $73.2 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Arrowstreet Capital with a $51.6 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Balyasny Asset Management, Joho Capital, and D E Shaw. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Dorsal Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT), around 5.65% of its 13F portfolio. Joho Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 5.25 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to EEFT.

Consequently, some big names have jumped into Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT) headfirst. Joho Capital, managed by Robert Karr, initiated the most outsized position in Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT). Joho Capital had $26 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Michael Rockefeller and KarláKroeker’s Woodline Partners also made a $15.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital, Philip Hilal’s Clearfield Capital, and Mark Coe’s Intrinsic Edge Capital.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH), Enel Chile S.A. (NYSE:ENIC), Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG), KT Corporation (NYSE:KT), Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:NCLH), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:WH), and FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR). This group of stocks’ market values resemble EEFT’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CHH 27 124786 5
ENIC 4 14899 -1
FANG 23 133783 -6
KT 10 147562 -2
NCLH 26 241506 -2
WH 33 621586 -3
FLIR 25 243308 -13
Average 21.1 218204 -3.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 21.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $218 million. That figure was $396 million in EEFT’s case. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:WH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Enel Chile S.A. (NYSE:ENIC) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for EEFT is 81.9. 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 returned 33.3% in 2020 through December 18th but still managed to beat the market by 16.4 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on EEFT as the stock returned 58.7% since the end of September (through 12/18) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

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