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Is NVR a good stock to buy now? The smart money was becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund bets moved up by 3 lately. NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR) was in 42 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 39. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that NVR 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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Do Hedge Funds Think NVR Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
At third quarter’s end, a total of 42 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 8% from the second quarter of 2020. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NVR over the last 21 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Diamond Hill Capital was the largest shareholder of NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR), with a stake worth $401 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Diamond Hill Capital was Impala Asset Management, which amassed a stake valued at $84.3 million. Egerton Capital Limited, Millennium Management, and AQR Capital 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 Impala Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR), around 8.5% of its 13F portfolio. Ogborne Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 7.22 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to NVR.
Now, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Egerton Capital Limited, managed by John Armitage, assembled the most valuable position in NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR). Egerton Capital Limited had $79.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Brad Dunkley and Blair Levinsky’s Waratah Capital Advisors also initiated a $10.6 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new NVR investors: Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management, Robert Pitts’s Steadfast Capital Management, and Anand More’s SAYA Management.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR). We will take a look at CarMax Inc (NYSE:KMX), Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS), Steris Plc (NYSE:STE), Ingersoll Rand Inc. (NYSE:IR), SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (NYSE:SKM), Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO), and Warner Music Group Corp. (NASDAQ:WMG). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to NVR’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 35.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1265 million. That figure was $1142 million in NVR’s case. Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (NYSE:SKM) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for NVR is 70.8. 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 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 beat the market again by 16.2 percentage points. Unfortunately NVR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on NVR were disappointed as the stock returned -3.8% since the end of September (through 12/8) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.
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