Is TNC A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is TNC a good stock to buy now? Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. 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 TNC 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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David E. Shaw of D.E. Shaw

David E. Shaw of D.E. Shaw

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

At the end of September, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 50% from the second quarter of 2020. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in TNC a year ago. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC), worth close to $36 million, amounting to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, which holds a $21.2 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP and James Chen’s Ovata Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Ovata Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC), around 0.59% of its 13F portfolio. Royce & Associates is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.39 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TNC.

Now, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Renaissance Technologies, established the biggest position in Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC). Renaissance Technologies had $1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management also initiated a $0.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new TNC positions are Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC) but similarly valued. These stocks are Stoke Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:STOK), Arcus Biosciences, Inc. (NYSE:RCUS), Athenex, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNX), Applied Molecular Transport Inc. (NASDAQ:AMTI), Amerisafe, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSF), Upland Software Inc (NASDAQ:UPLD), and Surgery Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGRY). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble TNC’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
STOK 9 170786 -2
RCUS 26 221219 -2
ATNX 25 359589 7
AMTI 2 37844 -6
AMSF 16 39024 4
UPLD 22 251535 6
SGRY 13 128594 -1
Average 16.1 172656 0.9

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $173 million. That figure was $78 million in TNC’s case. Arcus Biosciences, Inc. (NYSE:RCUS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Applied Molecular Transport Inc. (NASDAQ:AMTI) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for TNC is 67.1. 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. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on TNC as the stock returned 16.5% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/14) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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