Is Oscar Health, Inc. (OSCR) A Good Stock To Buy?

With the first-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the second quarter of 2021. One of these stocks was Oscar Health, Inc. (NYSE:OSCR).

Is OSCR a good stock to buy? Prominent investors were becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 26 recently. Oscar Health, Inc. (NYSE:OSCR) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. Our calculations also showed that OSCR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).

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Philippe Laffont of Coatue Management

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

Heading into the second quarter of 2021, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 26 from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in OSCR over the last 23 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

The largest stake in Oscar Health, Inc. (NYSE:OSCR) was held by Thrive Capital, which reported holding $883.3 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Coatue Management with a $170 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Tiger Global Management LLC, XN Exponent Advisors, and Luminus Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Thrive Capital allocated the biggest weight to Oscar Health, Inc. (NYSE:OSCR), around 64.71% of its 13F portfolio. General Equity Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 5.59 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to OSCR.

As one would reasonably expect, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Thrive Capital, managed by Joshua Kushner, established the most valuable position in Oscar Health, Inc. (NYSE:OSCR). Thrive Capital had $883.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management also made a $170 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new OSCR positions are Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC, Gaurav Kapadia’s XN Exponent Advisors, and Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Oscar Health, Inc. (NYSE:OSCR) but similarly valued. These stocks are EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT), Chart Industries, Inc. (NYSE:GTLS), CMC Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCMP), CoreSite Realty Corp (NYSE:COR), The Descartes Systems Group Inc (NASDAQ:DSGX), TriNet Group Inc (NYSE:TNET), and Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE). This group of stocks’ market values are similar to OSCR’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
EQT 35 437253 -8
GTLS 19 297275 -7
CCMP 19 281932 -3
COR 15 173361 1
DSGX 11 274653 -1
TNET 24 389265 3
HELE 29 214080 10
Average 21.7 295403 -0.7

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 21.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $295 million. That figure was $1337 million in OSCR’s case. EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand The Descartes Systems Group Inc (NASDAQ:DSGX) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Oscar Health, Inc. (NYSE:OSCR) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for OSCR is 60. 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 24% in 2021 through July 9th and beat the market again by 6.7 percentage points. Unfortunately OSCR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on OSCR were disappointed as the stock returned -27.1% since the end of March (through 7/9) 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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