Hedge Funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.
At the end of September, 55 funds from the Insider Monkey database held shares of Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), down from 57 funds a quarter earlier. However, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost or decline in popularity but it may still be less or more popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP), Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN), and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the recent action encompassing Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE).
What have hedge funds been doing with Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE)?
As stated earlier, a total of 55 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 4% over the quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Alex Snow’s Lansdowne Partners has the largest position in Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), worth close to $1.09 billion, comprising 9.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, which holds a $918.9 million position; 4.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that hold long positions comprise David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies.
Since Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) has faced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of money managers that elected to cut their positions entirely during the third quarter. Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company sold off the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $85.2 million in stock, and Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $73.1 million worth of shares.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE). We will take a look at SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP), Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN), Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), and Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to NKE’s market valuation.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
As you can see these stocks had an average of 58 investors from our database holding shares and the average amount invested in these stocks was $4.04 billion. That figure was $3.72 billion in Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE)’s case. Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN) is the most popular stock in this table with 115 funds reporting long positions. On the other hand SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP) is the least popular one with only seven bullish hedge fund positions. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard, Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN) might be a better candidate to consider a long position.