In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE:FMS) 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 FMS a good stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know were getting more bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 3 in recent months. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE:FMS) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 11. Our calculations also showed that FMS 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 FMS Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 50% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 5 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FMS a year ago. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Citadel Investment Group held the most valuable stake in Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE:FMS), which was worth $4.2 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Millennium Management which amassed $4.1 million worth of shares. Marshall Wace LLP, Quantamental Technologies, and Balyasny Asset Management 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 Quantamental Technologies allocated the biggest weight to Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE:FMS), around 0.69% of its 13F portfolio. Bailard Inc is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.03 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to FMS.
As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have jumped into Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE:FMS) headfirst. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, established the biggest position in Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE:FMS). Marshall Wace LLP had $3.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management also initiated a $0.9 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE:FMS) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST), McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC), Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM), BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE), Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDA), Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN), and TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG). This group of stocks’ market values resemble FMS’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 35.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2346 million. That figure was $14 million in FMS’s case. TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand BeiGene, Ltd. (NASDAQ:BGNE) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE:FMS) is even less popular than BGNE. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for FMS is 32.5. 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. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards FMS. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 41.3% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10 percentage points. These stocks gained 32.9% in 2020 through December 8th but managed to beat the market again by 16.2 percentage points. Unfortunately FMS wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); FMS investors were disappointed as the stock returned -2.2% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/8) 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 most of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2020.
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