The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. Insider Monkey finished processing 817 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of September 30th, 2020. What do these smart investors think about Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN)?
Is GPN a good stock to buy now? Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN) was in 57 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistics is 68. GPN has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 66 hedge funds in our database with GPN positions at the end of the second quarter. Our calculations also showed that GPN 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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How have hedgies been trading Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 57 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -14% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in GPN over the last 21 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Lone Pine Capital held the most valuable stake in Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN), which was worth $1135.6 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Coatue Management which amassed $675 million worth of shares. Egerton Capital Limited, Matrix Capital Management, and Alkeon Capital 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 Value Holdings LP allocated the biggest weight to Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN), around 12.06% of its 13F portfolio. Joho Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 9.19 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GPN.
Due to the fact that Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN) has witnessed declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of fund managers that elected to cut their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Ravi Chopra’s Azora Capital said goodbye to the biggest position of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $35.6 million in stock, and Brandon Haley’s Holocene Advisors was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $29.8 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 9 funds last quarter.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN). We will take a look at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), Chubb Limited (NYSE:CB), Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE:TFC), Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY), and Newmont Corporation (NYSE:NEM). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble GPN’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 54.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2166 million. That figure was $4698 million in GPN’s case. Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE:TFC) is the least popular one with only 29 bullish hedge fund positions. Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for GPN is 49.1. 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 gained 31.6% in 2020 through December 2nd and still beat the market by 16 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on GPN, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 10% since Q3 (through December 2nd) and outperformed the market as well.
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