Is FSLY A Good Stock To Buy Now According To Hedge Funds?

In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think Fastly, Inc. (NYSE:FSLY) 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 FSLY a good stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know were getting less optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions dropped by 5 recently. Fastly, Inc. (NYSE:FSLY) was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 27. Our calculations also showed that FSLY 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). There were 27 hedge funds in our database with FSLY holdings at the end of June.

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

At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -19% from the second quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards FSLY over the last 21 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Is FSLY A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Abdiel Capital Advisors held the most valuable stake in Fastly, Inc. (NYSE:FSLY), which was worth $890.1 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Whale Rock Capital Management which amassed $486.4 million worth of shares. Citadel Investment Group, Renaissance Technologies, and Athanor 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 Abdiel Capital Advisors allocated the biggest weight to Fastly, Inc. (NYSE:FSLY), around 27.96% of its 13F portfolio. Stepstone Group is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 16.62 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to FSLY.

Judging by the fact that Fastly, Inc. (NYSE:FSLY) has faced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of money managers who were dropping their entire stakes in the third quarter. Intriguingly, Jeff Osher’s No Street Capital cut the biggest position of the 750 funds monitored by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $63.8 million in stock. Brad Farber’s fund, Atika Capital, also sold off its stock, about $5.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 5 funds in the third quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Fastly, Inc. (NYSE:FSLY). These stocks are Enel Americas S.A. (NYSE:ENIA), Credicorp Ltd. (NYSE:BAP), CBOE Global Markets Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE), Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA), Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:RUN), Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA), and NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to FSLY’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ENIA 11 57881 -1
BAP 19 139193 -1
CBOE 33 872502 1
ZNGA 48 959687 -4
RUN 29 3270810 8
PEGA 32 1866556 4
NTAP 31 429263 6
Average 29 1085127 1.9

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 29 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1085 million. That figure was $1686 million in FSLY’s case. Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Enel Americas S.A. (NYSE:ENIA) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Fastly, Inc. (NYSE:FSLY) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for FSLY is 39.3. 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 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 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and surpassed the market again by 15.8 percentage points. Unfortunately FSLY wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); FSLY investors were disappointed as the stock returned 0.6% since the end of September (through 12/14) 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 in 2020.

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