Is Yandex NV (YNDX) a Good Stock to Buy?

You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

One of the stocks that has registered an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately is Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX). However, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB), Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCK), and Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the recent action surrounding Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX).

Hedge fund activity in Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX)

At the end of the third quarter, 31 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Yandex, up by 24% from the end of June. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management has the number one position in Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX), worth close to $80.9 million, corresponding to 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Discovery Capital Management, led by Rob Citrone, holding a $49.6 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise William B. Gray’s Orbis Investment Management, Kevin D. Eng’s Columbus Hill Capital Management, and Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital.

Consequently, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Kerr Neilson’s Platinum Asset Management created the most outsized position in Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX). Platinum Asset Management had $5.9 million invested in the company at the end of the third quarter. John W. Moon’s Moon Capital also initiated a $4.8 million position between July and September. The other funds with new positions in the stock are George Hall’s Clinton Group, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX). These stocks are Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB), Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCK), Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO), and HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS). This group of stocks’ market valuations match YNDX’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SPB 30 615857 7
CCK 35 705808 5
QRVO 27 198381 5
HDS 40 1866259 -7

The table shows that these stocks had an average of 33 funds with bullish positions at the end of September and the average amount invested in these stocks was $847 million. That figure was $389 million in YNDX’s case. HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO) is the least popular one with only 27 investors holding shares. Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS) might be a better candidate to consider a long position.