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Is Peloton (PTON) a good stock to buy now? Money managers were taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 8 recently. Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON) was in 58 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 50. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that PTON 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). There were 50 hedge funds in our database with PTON holdings at the end of June.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 58 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 16% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 27 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PTON a year ago. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Tiger Global Management LLC was the largest shareholder of Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON), with a stake worth $771.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Tiger Global Management LLC was Coatue Management, which amassed a stake valued at $510.2 million. Whale Rock Capital Management, Woodson Capital Management, and Woodson 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 Woodson Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON), around 16.32% of its 13F portfolio. Woodson Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 15.87 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PTON.
Consequently, some big names have jumped into Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON) headfirst. Chescapmanager LLC, managed by Traci Lerner, created the most valuable position in Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON). Chescapmanager LLC had $84.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $33.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Eduardo Costa’s Calixto Global Investors, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, and Joe DiMenna’s ZWEIG DIMENNA PARTNERS.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), CRH PLC (NYSE:CRH), Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc (NYSE:ZBH), Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (NYSE:CHT), ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS), Moderna, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRNA), and Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI). This group of stocks’ market valuations match PTON’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 29.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $677 million. That figure was $3498 million in PTON’s case. Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc (NYSE:ZBH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (NYSE:CHT) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTON) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for PTON is 90. 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 returned 31.6% in 2020 through December 2nd but still managed to beat the market by 16 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on PTON as the stock returned 14% since the end of September (through 12/2) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.
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