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PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. Our calculations also showed that PJT isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
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Hedge fund activity in PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT)
At Q3’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 17 hedge funds with a bullish position in PJT a year ago. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Corsair Capital LLC was the largest shareholder of PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT), with a stake worth $53.4 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Corsair Capital LLC was MHR Fund Management, which amassed a stake valued at $35.8 million. Millennium Management, Sessa Capital, and Buckingham 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 Corsair Capital LLC allocated the biggest weight to PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT), around 100% of its 13F portfolio. MHR Fund Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 3.04 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PJT.
Now, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, created the most outsized position in PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT). Citadel Investment Group had $3.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp also made a $2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is David Harding’s Winton Capital Management.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT) but similarly valued. These stocks are Pacira BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX), Studio City International Holdings Limited (NYSE:MSC), Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ:SHEN), and Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (NASDAQ:KALU). This group of stocks’ market values are similar to PJT’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $209 million. That figure was $149 million in PJT’s case. Pacira BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Studio City International Holdings Limited (NYSE:MSC) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately PJT wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on PJT were disappointed as the stock returned 4.7% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) 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.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.