Is Quanta Services Inc (PWR) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Hedge fund interest in Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. Our calculations also showed that PWR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings). The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as RH (NYSE:RH), Cna Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA), and Signature Bank (NASDAQ:SBNY) to gather more data points.

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William Harnisch

William Harnisch of Peconic Partners LLC

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

At Q1’s end, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PWR over the last 23 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, William Harnisch’s Peconic Partners LLC has the number one position in Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR), worth close to $500 million, accounting for 52.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Suvretta Capital Management, managed by Aaron Cowen, which holds a $99.5 million position; the fund has 1.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Jos Shaver’s Electron Capital Partners, John Smith Clark’s Southpoint Capital Advisors and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Peconic Partners LLC allocated the biggest weight to Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR), around 52.45% of its 13F portfolio. Appian Way Asset Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 5.55 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to PWR.

Because Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) has witnessed a decline in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few hedgies who sold off their full holdings heading into Q2. At the top of the heap, Andrew Wellington and Jeff Keswin’s Lyrical Asset Management cut the largest investment of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, totaling an estimated $242.7 million in stock. Edgar Wachenheim’s fund, Greenhaven Associates, also sold off its stock, about $15.7 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) but similarly valued. These stocks are RH (NYSE:RH), Cna Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA), Signature Bank (NASDAQ:SBNY), Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG), Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO), Chegg Inc (NYSE:CHGG), and Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to PWR’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
RH 50 2992390 8
CNA 19 74356 3
SBNY 40 925856 12
GGG 25 327418 0
ATO 15 172475 -10
CHGG 33 672189 0
NLY 15 140155 -6
Average 28.1 757834 1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $758 million. That figure was $897 million in PWR’s case. RH (NYSE:RH) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for PWR is 53.2. 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 22.8% in 2021 through July 2nd and beat the market again by 6 percentage points. Unfortunately PWR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on PWR were disappointed as the stock returned 1.9% since the end of March (through 7/2) 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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