In this article we will check out the progression of hedge fund sentiment towards NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE:NEX) and determine whether it is a good investment right now. We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before spending days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more incentives and resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also employ numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments.
Is NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE:NEX) worth your attention right now? Investors who are in the know were becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 1 in recent months. NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE:NEX) was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 29. Our calculations also showed that NEX isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).
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Do Hedge Funds Think NEX Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
At Q1’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in NEX over the last 23 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, Cerberus Capital Management held the most valuable stake in NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE:NEX), which was worth $120.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter. On the second spot was Pzena Investment Management which amassed $41 million worth of shares. Renaissance Technologies, Fisher Asset Management, and CaaS Capital 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 Covalent Capital Partners allocated the biggest weight to NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE:NEX), around 3.86% of its 13F portfolio. Cerberus Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 3.33 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to NEX.
Now, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. CaaS Capital, managed by Frank Fu, initiated the most outsized position in NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE:NEX). CaaS Capital had $8.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ron Gutfleish’s Elm Ridge Capital also made a $1.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Blair Baker’s Precept Capital Management, Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp, and Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE:NEX). We will take a look at Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA), Dyne Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:DYN), Gravity Co., LTD. (NASDAQ:GRVY), Global Medical REIT Inc. (NYSE:GMRE), Associated Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE:AC), Merus N.V. (NASDAQ:MRUS), and Altabancorp (NASDAQ:ALTA). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to NEX’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $96 million. That figure was $244 million in NEX’s case. Merus N.V. (NASDAQ:MRUS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Associated Capital Group, Inc. (NYSE:AC) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. (NYSE:NEX) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for NEX is 79.8. 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 positive signal but 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 23.8% in 2021 through July 16th and beat the market again by 7.7 percentage points. Unfortunately NEX wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on NEX were disappointed as the stock returned 4.3% since the end of March (through 7/16) 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 many of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.
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