Is JKHY A Good Stock To Buy According To Hedge Funds?

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Is JKHY a good stock to buy? Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 31. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with JKHY holdings at the end of June. Our calculations also showed that JKHY 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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Do Hedge Funds Think JKHY Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of September, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -3% from the second quarter of 2020. On the other hand, there were a total of 21 hedge funds with a bullish position in JKHY a year ago. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Arrowstreet Capital was the largest shareholder of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY), with a stake worth $91.1 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Arrowstreet Capital was Echo Street Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $51.9 million. Millennium Management, AQR Capital Management, and GLG Partners 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 Bishop Rock Capital allocated the biggest weight to Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY), around 5.37% of its 13F portfolio. Prana Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 1.03 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to JKHY.

Because Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) has experienced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there were a few money managers that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Donald Sussman’s Paloma Partners dropped the largest position of the 750 funds tracked by Insider Monkey, worth about $7.2 million in stock, and David Harding’s Winton Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $7.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds last quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) but similarly valued. We will take a look at SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB), PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM), PagSeguro Digital Ltd. (NYSE:PAGS), Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FICO), NortonLifeLock Inc. (NASDAQ:NLOK), LINE Corporation (NYSE:LN), and Trimble Inc. (NASDAQ:TRMB). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to JKHY’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SIVB 27 453139 1
PHM 43 1017683 1
PAGS 24 1054247 -3
FICO 43 1273689 7
NLOK 34 1047927 -3
LN 4 6364 -4
TRMB 35 1030261 9
Average 30 840473 1.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 30 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $840 million. That figure was $352 million in JKHY’s case. PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand LINE Corporation (NYSE:LN) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for JKHY is 66.4. 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 33.3% in 2020 through December 18th and surpassed the market again by 16.4 percentage points. Unfortunately JKHY wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); JKHY investors were disappointed as the stock returned -0.3% since the end of September (through 12/18) 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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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.