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Is Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC) a buy here? The smart money was turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions improved by 2 lately. Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC) was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 5. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that ISSC 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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What does smart money think about Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC)?
At the end of September, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 67% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 3 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ISSC 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.
Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC), which was worth $4 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was GAMCO Investors which amassed $0.7 million worth of shares. Royce & Associates, Citadel Investment Group, and Prelude Capital (previously Springbok 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 GAMCO Investors allocated the biggest weight to Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC), around 0.01% of its 13F portfolio. Royce & Associates is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.01 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to ISSC.
As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, created the most valuable position in Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC). Citadel Investment Group had $0.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Prelude Capital (previously Springbok Capital) also made a $0 million investment in the stock during the quarter.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC) but similarly valued. These stocks are Permian Basin Royalty Trust (NYSE:PBT), Envela Corporation (NYSE:ELA), Erytech Pharma S.A. (NASDAQ:ERYP), CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CEIX), Civeo Corporation (NYSE:CVEO), Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESQ), and Lumos Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:LUMO). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to ISSC’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 5.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $14 million. That figure was $5 million in ISSC’s case. Civeo Corporation (NYSE:CVEO) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Envela Corporation (NYSE:ELA) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for ISSC is 55.2. 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 November 27th and surpassed the market again by 16.1 percentage points. Unfortunately ISSC wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); ISSC investors were disappointed as the stock returned -1.6% since the end of September (through 11/27) 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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