Is JOYY Inc. (YY) A Good Stock To Buy?

In this article we will analyze whether JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) is a good investment right now by following the lead of some of the best investors in the world and piggybacking their ideas. There’s no better way to get these firms’ immense resources and analytical capabilities working for us than to follow their lead into their best ideas. While not all of these picks will be winners, our research shows that these picks historically outperformed the market by double digits annually.

Is YY a good stock to buy? JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 31. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with YY holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that YY isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings).

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James Dinan of York Capital Management

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Do Hedge Funds Think YY Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At second quarter’s end, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 20% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 28 hedge funds with a bullish position in YY a year ago. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

The largest stake in JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) was held by 0, which reported holding $100.3 million worth of stock at the end of June. It was followed by Southeastern Asset Management with a $44.7 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Renaissance Technologies, York Capital Management, and Yiheng Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Maso Capital allocated the biggest weight to JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY), around 7.58% of its 13F portfolio. York Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 4.26 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to YY.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Yiheng Capital, managed by Jonathan Guo, established the largest position in JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY). Yiheng Capital had $30.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Manoj Jain and Sohit Khurana’s Maso Capital also initiated a $23.1 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new YY investors: Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Joseph Samuels’s Islet Management, and Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY). These stocks are Hexcel Corporation (NYSE:HXL), Progyny, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNY), Rapid7 Inc (NASDAQ:RPD), Leslie’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:LESL), Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVBG), The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ:WEN), and Altair Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ:ALTR). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to YY’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HXL 22 165435 4
PGNY 39 290008 13
RPD 17 136746 -8
LESL 35 427806 8
EVBG 26 1200051 -23
WEN 30 1070385 4
ALTR 18 620134 0
Average 26.7 558652 -0.3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 26.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $559 million. That figure was $340 million in YY’s case. Progyny, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGNY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Rapid7 Inc (NASDAQ:RPD) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. JOYY Inc. (NASDAQ:YY) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for YY is 48.1. 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 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 24% in 2021 through October 22nd and surpassed the market again by 1.6 percentage points. Unfortunately YY wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); YY investors were disappointed as the stock returned -15.7% since the end of June (through 10/22) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2021.

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