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JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. JD was in 63 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. There were 60 hedge funds in our database with JD holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that JD isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings and see the video below for Q3 rankings).
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How have hedgies been trading JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD)?
Heading into the first quarter of 2020, a total of 63 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 34 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in JD a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Tiger Global Management LLC was the largest shareholder of JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD), with a stake worth $1861.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Tiger Global Management LLC was Viking Global, which amassed a stake valued at $783 million. D1 Capital Partners, Hillhouse Capital Management, and Fisher Asset 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 Kontiki Capital allocated the biggest weight to JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD), around 29.16% of its 13F portfolio. Tiger Global Management LLC is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 10.27 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to JD.
Consequently, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Maplelane Capital, managed by Leon Shaulov, assembled the largest position in JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD). Maplelane Capital had $41.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Run Ye, Junji Takegami and Hoyon Hwang’s Tiger Pacific Capital also made a $32.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Kamyar Khajavi’s MIK Capital, Campbell Wilson’s Old Well Partners, and Joseph Samuels’s Islet Management.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD). These stocks are ABB Ltd (NYSE:ABB), General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD), Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Grp, Inc. (NYSE:SMFG), and Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:UBER). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to JD’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 40.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $3583 million. That figure was $6041 million in JD’s case. Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:UBER) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ABB Ltd (NYSE:ABB) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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 10.1 percentage points. These stocks also gained 0.1% in 2020 through March 2nd and beat the market by 4.1 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on JD as the stock returned 22.9% during the first quarter (through March 2nd) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.