Is MGM A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is MGM a good stock to buy now? MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest recently. MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) was in 41 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 67. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with MGM holdings at the end of June. Our calculations also showed that MGM 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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Mason Hawkins of Southeastern Asset Management

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

At Q3’s end, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 28% from the second quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards MGM over the last 21 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

The largest stake in MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) was held by Corvex Capital, which reported holding $490.2 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by SRS Investment Management with a $190.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Orbis Investment Management, Southeastern Asset Management, and Citadel Investment Group. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Corvex Capital allocated the biggest weight to MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), around 28.17% of its 13F portfolio. SRS Investment Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 3.52 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to MGM.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Orbis Investment Management, managed by William B. Gray, initiated the largest position in MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM). Orbis Investment Management had $183.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Mason Hawkins’s Southeastern Asset Management also made a $107.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Jeff Osher’s No Street Capital, Morris Mark’s Mark Asset Management, and John Smith Clark’s Southpoint Capital Advisors.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM). We will take a look at Avalara, Inc. (NYSE:AVLR), Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY), NICE Ltd (NASDAQ:NICE), Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC), Ubiquiti Inc. (NYSE:UI), Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), and Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to MGM’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
AVLR 46 1330456 9
AVY 16 117745 -13
NICE 26 706151 7
OMC 34 528197 3
UI 20 205383 -9
AAP 42 1618939 -5
HAL 32 676988 2
Average 30.9 740551 -0.9

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 30.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $741 million. That figure was $1237 million in MGM’s case. Avalara, Inc. (NYSE:AVLR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for MGM is 70. 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. Hedge funds were also right about betting on MGM as the stock returned 35.7% since the end of Q3 (through 12/14) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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