Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips or bumps on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. This time it may be different. During the fourth quarter of 2018 we observed increased volatility and small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Things completely reversed during the first half of 2019. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they are cutting their overall exposure, closing out some position and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Is Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) the right pick for your portfolio? Prominent investors are taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund positions were cut by 11 recently. Our calculations also showed that ITGR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (view the video below). ITGR was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2019. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with ITGR holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Hedge fund activity in Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR)
Heading into the third quarter of 2019, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -38% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 22 hedge funds with a bullish position in ITGR a year ago. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the number one position in Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR). Fisher Asset Management has a $76.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Fisher Asset Management’s heels is Noam Gottesman of GLG Partners, with a $46.1 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism comprise Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.
Since Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) has witnessed declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there is a sect of money managers that elected to cut their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management sold off the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds followed by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $23.6 million in stock. Renaissance Technologies, also dropped its stock, about $8.5 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 11 funds last quarter.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) but similarly valued. These stocks are Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTLS), Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP), Workiva Inc (NYSE:WK), and Genesis Energy, L.P. (NYSE:GEL). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble ITGR’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 18.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $291 million. That figure was $190 million in ITGR’s case. Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Genesis Energy, L.P. (NYSE:GEL) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Integer Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITGR) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. 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 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately ITGR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); ITGR investors were disappointed as the stock returned -10% during the third quarter 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 in 2019.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.