The 800+ hedge funds and famous money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund portfolios. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards KT Corporation (NYSE:KT).
Is KT a good stock to buy now? Hedge funds were taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions fell by 2 recently. KT Corporation (NYSE:KT) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistics is 22. Our calculations also showed that KT 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). There were 12 hedge funds in our database with KT holdings at the end of June.
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Do Hedge Funds Think KT Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -17% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards KT over the last 21 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Kopernik Global Investors was the largest shareholder of KT Corporation (NYSE:KT), with a stake worth $79.8 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Kopernik Global Investors was Arrowstreet Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $30.4 million. LMR Partners, D E Shaw, and Two Sigma Advisors 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 Kopernik Global Investors allocated the biggest weight to KT Corporation (NYSE:KT), around 12.37% of its 13F portfolio. LMR Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.58 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to KT.
Because KT Corporation (NYSE:KT) has faced declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers who were dropping their entire stakes last quarter. Intriguingly, Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s Schonfeld Strategic Advisors dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds watched by Insider Monkey, valued at about $1.5 million in stock. Greg Eisner’s fund, Engineers Gate Manager, also sold off its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds last quarter.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to KT Corporation (NYSE:KT). These stocks are Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:NCLH), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:WH), FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR), National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI), LG Display Co Ltd. (NYSE:LPL), Jefferies Financial Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF), and Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC). This group of stocks’ market values match KT’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $384 million. That figure was $148 million in KT’s case. Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand LG Display Co Ltd. (NYSE:LPL) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. KT Corporation (NYSE:KT) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for KT is 22.2. 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. 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 32.9% in 2020 through December 8th and still beat the market by 16.2 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on KT as the stock returned 16.1% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/8) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.