Is KW A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is KW a good stock to buy now? Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest of late. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW) was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 23. Our calculations also showed that KW 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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Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management

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

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 29% from the second quarter of 2020. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in KW over the last 21 quarters. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Is KW A Good Stock To Buy?

More specifically, Fairfax Financial Holdings was the largest shareholder of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW), with a stake worth $193.3 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Fairfax Financial Holdings was Elkhorn Partners, which amassed a stake valued at $63.7 million. Royce & Associates, Sprott Asset Management, and Millennium 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 Elkhorn Partners allocated the biggest weight to Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW), around 49.58% of its 13F portfolio. Fairfax Financial Holdings is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 10.91 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to KW.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, created the most valuable position in Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW). Marshall Wace LLP had $3.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Stuart J. Zimmer’s Zimmer Partners also initiated a $3.5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new KW investors: David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital, Donald Sussman’s Paloma Partners, and Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW). These stocks are Brady Corp (NYSE:BRC), Moog Inc (NYSE:MOG), Arconic Corporation (NYSE:ARNC), The Brink’s Company (NYSE:BCO), Old National Bancorp (NYSE:ONB), SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPXC), and Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to KW’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
BRC 19 139850 2
MOG 19 111492 -4
ARNC 21 633163 5
BCO 28 301172 3
ONB 14 20773 -3
SPXC 13 45983 -5
CSIQ 25 245570 13
Average 19.9 214000 1.6

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $214 million. That figure was $347 million in KW’s case. The Brink’s Company (NYSE:BCO) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPXC) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for KW is 49.1. 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. 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 December 14th and still beat the market by 15.8 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on KW as the stock returned 17.8% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/14) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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