Is TFX A Good Stock To Buy Now?

Hedge Funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow nearly 817 active hedge funds and notable investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

Is TFX a good stock to buy now? Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) was in 40 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistic is 32. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that TFX 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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Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey of Healthcor Management LP

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

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2020, a total of 40 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 43% from the second quarter of 2020. By comparison, 28 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in TFX a year ago. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Marshall Wace LLP was the largest shareholder of Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), with a stake worth $255 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Marshall Wace LLP was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $187.2 million. Healthcor Management LP, Rock Springs Capital Management, and Polar Capital 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 Healthcor Management LP allocated the biggest weight to Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), around 2.25% of its 13F portfolio. Sectoral Asset Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 2.12 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TFX.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Healthcor Management LP, managed by Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey, established the most outsized position in Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX). Healthcor Management LP had $56.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also initiated a $10.3 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new TFX investors: Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp, Donald Sussman’s Paloma Partners, and Alexander West’s Blue Pool Capital.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX). These stocks are CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET), Invitation Homes Inc. (NYSE:INVH), Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR), Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR), Dover Corporation (NYSE:DOV), and Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE:AGR). This group of stocks’ market values match TFX’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CBRE 24 1609802 -5
ANET 27 333863 -6
INVH 28 648119 -5
VAR 52 1699418 25
VTR 17 133406 -4
DOV 40 687494 0
AGR 11 34978 -7
Average 28.4 735297 -0.3

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $735 million. That figure was $753 million in TFX’s case. Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE:AGR) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for TFX is 75.4. 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 gained 30.7% in 2020 through December 14th and still beat the market by 15.8 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on TFX as the stock returned 11.9% since the end of Q3 (through 12/14) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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