Is SOGO A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Out of thousands of stocks that are currently traded on the market, it is difficult to identify those that will really generate strong returns. Hedge funds and institutional investors spend millions of dollars on analysts with MBAs and PhDs, who are industry experts and well connected to other industry and media insiders on top of that. Individual investors can piggyback the hedge funds employing these talents and can benefit from their vast resources and knowledge in that way. We analyze quarterly 13F filings of nearly 817 hedge funds and, by looking at the smart money sentiment that surrounds a stock, we can determine whether it has the potential to beat the market over the long-term. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at what smart money thinks about Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO).

Is SOGO a good stock to buy now? Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO) has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. The all time high for this statistic is 15. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that SOGO 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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Matthew Halbower Pentwater Capital

Matthew Halbower of Pentwater Capital

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

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 200% from the second quarter of 2020. On the other hand, there were a total of 4 hedge funds with a bullish position in SOGO a year ago. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

The largest stake in Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO) was held by TIG Advisors, which reported holding $43.7 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Renaissance Technologies with a $28.9 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Omni Partners, Pentwater Capital Management, and GLG Partners. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position TIG Advisors allocated the biggest weight to Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO), around 2.36% of its 13F portfolio. Havens Advisors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 1.55 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SOGO.

As one would reasonably expect, some big names have jumped into Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO) headfirst. TIG Advisors, managed by Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann, established the largest position in Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO). TIG Advisors had $43.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steven Clark’s Omni Partners also initiated a $19.8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SOGO positions are Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, and David Alexander Witkin’s Beryl Capital Management.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO). These stocks are LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), The Chemours Company (NYSE:CC), Cosan Limited (NYSE:CZZ), Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC), Unum Group (NYSE:UNM), Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), and Cannae Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNNE). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to SOGO’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
LPSN 26 201096 3
CC 28 500904 -7
CZZ 14 131081 0
ADC 16 250052 0
UNM 22 202453 0
BYD 28 254919 4
CNNE 29 423642 -14
Average 23.3 280592 -2

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $281 million. That figure was $139 million in SOGO’s case. Cannae Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNNE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Cosan Limited (NYSE:CZZ) is the least popular one with only 14 bullish hedge fund positions. Sogou Inc. (NYSE:SOGO) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for SOGO is 43.3. 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 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and surpassed the market again by 15.8 percentage points. Unfortunately SOGO wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was quite bearish); SOGO investors were disappointed as the stock returned -10% since the end of September (through 12/14) 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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