Is FIT A Good Stock To Buy According To Hedge Funds?

In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) is a good investment right now. We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, unconventional data sources, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably, but their consensus stock picks historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

Is FIT a good stock to buy? Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest of late. Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 35. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with FIT positions at the end of the second quarter. Our calculations also showed that FIT 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 FIT Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At third quarter’s end, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 7% from the second quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards FIT over the last 21 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is FIT A Good Stock To Buy?

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital has the biggest position in Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT), worth close to $76.7 million, corresponding to 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Alpine Associates, managed by Robert Emil Zoellner, which holds a $57.9 million position; 3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann’s TIG Advisors and Simon Sadler’s Segantii Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Litespeed Management allocated the biggest weight to Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT), around 4.89% of its 13F portfolio. Halcyon Asset Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 3.31 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to FIT.

Consequently, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Segantii Capital, managed by Simon Sadler, established the most outsized position in Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT). Segantii Capital had $28.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steven Clark’s Omni Partners also made a $19.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new FIT positions are John Bader’s Halcyon Asset Management, Donald Sussman’s Paloma Partners, and Greg Eisner’s Engineers Gate Manager.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT). We will take a look at Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), Veracyte Inc (NASDAQ:VCYT), Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ:CALM), KAR Auction Services Inc (NYSE:KAR), Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH), Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ:MEOH), and CareDx, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNA). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to FIT’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
JWN 29 126637 1
VCYT 12 26830 3
CALM 24 251802 9
KAR 41 321008 11
AUPH 32 507022 3
MEOH 16 89966 -1
CDNA 25 228629 2
Average 25.6 221699 4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $222 million. That figure was $426 million in FIT’s case. KAR Auction Services Inc (NYSE:KAR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Veracyte Inc (NASDAQ:VCYT) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for FIT is 68.9. 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. 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 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 33.3% in 2020 through December 18th and beat the market again by 16.4 percentage points. Unfortunately FIT wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on FIT were disappointed as the stock returned 4.2% since the end of September (through 12/18) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.