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Is Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) a good stock to buy now? Twitter investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest recently. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) was in 75 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 68. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that TWTR 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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Hedge fund activity in Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR)
At the end of September, a total of 75 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 10% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 55 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in TWTR a year ago. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, SRS Investment Management was the largest shareholder of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), with a stake worth $347.5 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing SRS Investment Management was Southpoint Capital Advisors, which amassed a stake valued at $222.5 million. Appaloosa Management LP, Citadel Investment Group, and Elliott Investment 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 Kerrisdale Capital allocated the biggest weight to Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), around 9.96% of its 13F portfolio. Ancient Art (Teton Capital) is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 9.76 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TWTR.
As industrywide interest jumped, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Jericho Capital Asset Management, managed by Josh Resnick, created the most valuable position in Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR). Jericho Capital Asset Management had $100.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Gabriel Plotkin’s Melvin Capital Management also initiated a $44.5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new TWTR investors: Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital, and James Dinan’s York Capital Management.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR). These stocks are Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS), Southern Copper Corporation (NYSE:SCCO), Dow Inc. (NYSE:DOW), NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI), Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ:EXC), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble TWTR’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 40.9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1167 million. That figure was $2151 million in TWTR’s case. NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Southern Copper Corporation (NYSE:SCCO) is the least popular one with only 27 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for TWTR is 90. 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 November 27th and still beat the market by 16.1 percentage points. Unfortunately TWTR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on TWTR were disappointed as the stock returned 4.7% since the end of the third quarter (through 11/27) 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.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.