How do you pick the next stock to invest in? One way would be to spend days of research browsing through thousands of publicly traded companies. However, an easier way is to look at the stocks that smart money investors are collectively bullish on. Hedge funds and other institutional investors usually invest large amounts of capital and have to conduct due diligence while choosing their next pick. They don’t always get it right, but, on average, their stock picks historically generated strong returns after adjusting for known risk factors. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund activity surrounding Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS) and determine whether hedge funds had an edge regarding this stock.
Is Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS) a good stock to buy now? The smart money was getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions improved by 7 lately. Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS) was in 47 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 50. Our calculations also showed that KEYS isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). There were 40 hedge funds in our database with KEYS positions at the end of the first quarter.
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How have hedgies been trading Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS)?
At Q2’s end, a total of 47 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 18% from the first quarter of 2020. On the other hand, there were a total of 39 hedge funds with a bullish position in KEYS a year ago. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Ariel Investments was the largest shareholder of Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS), with a stake worth $91.1 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Ariel Investments was Jericho Capital Asset Management, which amassed a stake valued at $60.5 million. Marshall Wace LLP, Polar Capital, and Giverny 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 Giverny Capital allocated the biggest weight to Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS), around 4.03% of its 13F portfolio. Sirios Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 3.03 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to KEYS.
As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Jericho Capital Asset Management, managed by Josh Resnick, created the most outsized position in Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS). Jericho Capital Asset Management had $60.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group also initiated a $30.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new KEYS positions are Michael Rockefeller and KarláKroeker’s Woodline Partners, Seth Wunder’s Black-and-White Capital, and David Fiszel’s Honeycomb Asset Management.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS). These stocks are Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), The Trade Desk, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTD), Wayfair Inc (NYSE:W), Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), Coupa Software Incorporated (NASDAQ:COUP), and Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (NYSE:RBS). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to KEYS’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1209 million. That figure was $564 million in KEYS’s case. Coupa Software Incorporated (NASDAQ:COUP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (NYSE:RBS) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for KEYS is 84.9. 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. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 33% in 2020 through the end of August and beat the market by 23.2 percentage points. Unfortunately KEYS wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on KEYS were disappointed as the stock returned -2.2% during the same time period and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.