A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD).
Is PLD a good stock to buy? Investors who are in the know were in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets retreated by 2 lately. Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD) was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 40. Our calculations also showed that PLD 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 PLD Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PLD over the last 21 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Zimmer Partners held the most valuable stake in Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD), which was worth $108.2 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Renaissance Technologies which amassed $94.7 million worth of shares. AQR Capital Management, Adage Capital Management, and Third Avenue 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 Third Avenue Management allocated the biggest weight to Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD), around 4.9% of its 13F portfolio. Capital Growth Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 2.31 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PLD.
Since Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD) has experienced falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there was a specific group of money managers who were dropping their positions entirely heading into Q4. It’s worth mentioning that Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group dropped the biggest investment of the 750 funds monitored by Insider Monkey, totaling about $37.1 million in stock. Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s fund, Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, also cut its stock, about $5.8 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds heading into Q4.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD) but similarly valued. These stocks are Square, Inc. (NYSE:SQ), Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO), JD.Com Inc (NASDAQ:JD), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX), KE Holdings Inc (NYSE:BEKE), Snowflake Inc (NYSE:SNOW), and Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble PLD’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 65.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $5339 million. That figure was $518 million in PLD’s case. Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BKNG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand KE Holdings Inc (NYSE:BEKE) is the least popular one with only 28 bullish hedge fund positions. Prologis Inc (NYSE:PLD) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for PLD is 30.7. 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 negative signal and 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 33.3% in 2020 through December 18th and surpassed the market again by 16.4 percentage points. Unfortunately PLD wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); PLD investors were disappointed as the stock returned -2% since the end of September (through 12/18) 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 most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.
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