Is VNE A Good Stock To Buy Now?

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Is VNE a good stock to buy now? Veoneer, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNE) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. Veoneer, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNE) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 14. Our calculations also showed that VNE 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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Do Hedge Funds Think VNE Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At third quarter’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -29% from the second quarter of 2020. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in VNE 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.

Is VNE A Good Stock To Buy?

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Christer Gardell and Lars Forberg’s Cevian Capital has the number one position in Veoneer, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNE), worth close to $117.9 million, accounting for 21.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw, with a $3.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Kenneth Squire’s 13D Management and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Cevian Capital allocated the biggest weight to Veoneer, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNE), around 21.5% of its 13F portfolio. 13D Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.47 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to VNE.

Since Veoneer, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNE) has experienced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few money managers who were dropping their full holdings in the third quarter. Intriguingly, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP sold off the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, valued at about $1.6 million in stock. Greg Eisner’s fund, Engineers Gate Manager, also sold off its stock, about $0.7 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds in the third quarter.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Veoneer, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNE) but similarly valued. These stocks are Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB), Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA), Navient Corp (NASDAQ:NAVI), Uniqure NV (NASDAQ:QURE), Amarin Corporation plc (NASDAQ:AMRN), Adient plc (NYSE:ADNT), and Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH). All of these stocks’ market caps match VNE’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
PEB 9 64842 -4
MWA 24 220024 3
NAVI 22 167531 -5
QURE 36 488681 -13
AMRN 30 299242 -2
ADNT 39 392944 4
CELH 17 65774 7
Average 25.3 242720 -1.4

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $243 million. That figure was $129 million in VNE’s case. Adient plc (NYSE:ADNT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Veoneer, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNE) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for VNE is 24.1. 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 32.9% in 2020 through December 8th and still beat the market by 16.2 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on VNE as the stock returned 53.3% since the end of the third quarter (through 12/8) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.