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Is Integer Holdings Corporation (ITGR) A Good Stock To Buy?

Is Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.

Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. ITGR was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with ITGR positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that ITGR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

In the financial world there are a large number of tools investors have at their disposal to grade stocks. A pair of the most under-the-radar tools are hedge fund and insider trading indicators. We have shown that, historically, those who follow the top picks of the best fund managers can outperform the broader indices by a solid amount. Insider Monkey’s flagship best performing hedge funds strategy returned 6.3% year to date (through December 3rd) and outperformed the market even though it draws its stock picks among small-cap stocks. This strategy also outperformed the market by 18 percentage points since its inception (see the details here). That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is a useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

Ken Fisher FISHER ASSET MANAGEMENT

We’re going to analyze the new hedge fund action regarding Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR).

What have hedge funds been doing with Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -23% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in ITGR over the last 13 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

ITGR_dec2018

Among these funds, Fisher Asset Management held the most valuable stake in Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR), which was worth $98.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was GLG Partners which amassed $33.4 million worth of shares. Moreover, Millennium Management, Point72 Asset Management, and Renaissance Technologies were also bullish on Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Since Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) has faced a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of fund managers who sold off their full holdings by the end of the third quarter. Interestingly, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital dumped the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds followed by Insider Monkey, valued at an estimated $14.7 million in stock, and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $5.5 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 5 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR). These stocks are Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE:LM), Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD), Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF), and Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED). This group of stocks’ market values are similar to ITGR’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
LM 20 156049 3
WAFD 13 74324 0
FOXF 10 22901 1
MED 22 418518 2
Average 16.25 167948 1.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $168 million. That figure was $248 million in ITGR’s case. Medifast, Inc. (NYSE:MED) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard MED might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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