The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey have plowed through 823 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of June 30th, when the S&P 500 Index was trading around the 3100 level. Since the end of March, investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned more than 50% since its bottom. In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds thought Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH) was a good investment heading into the third quarter and how the stock traded in comparison to the top hedge fund picks.
Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the second quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. Our calculations also showed that LNTH 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). 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 ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS), e.l.f. Beauty, Inc. (NYSE:ELF), and Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PHAT) to gather more data points. Our calculations also showed that LNTH 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).
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How are hedge funds trading Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH)?
At Q2’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in LNTH 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.
Among these funds, Armistice Capital held the most valuable stake in Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH), which was worth $51.8 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Farallon Capital which amassed $37.7 million worth of shares. Tamarack Capital Management, Arrowstreet Capital, and Renaissance Technologies 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 Tamarack Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH), around 3.78% of its 13F portfolio. Armistice Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 2.27 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to LNTH.
Seeing as Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH) has experienced falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few hedge funds that decided to sell off their positions entirely in the second quarter. Interestingly, C. Jonathan Gattman’s Cloverdale Capital Management said goodbye to the biggest investment of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, totaling about $11 million in stock. Mika Toikka’s fund, AlphaCrest Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $0.7 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH). We will take a look at ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS), e.l.f. Beauty, Inc. (NYSE:ELF), Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PHAT), Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS), AudioCodes Ltd. (NASDAQ:AUDC), Grupo Simec S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:SIM), and FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FARO). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble LNTH’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11.7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $119 million. That figure was $141 million in LNTH’s case. e.l.f. Beauty, Inc. (NYSE:ELF) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Grupo Simec S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:SIM) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for LNTH is 33.6. 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 24.8% in 2020 through the end of September and beat the market by 19.3 percentage points. Unfortunately LNTH wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on LNTH were disappointed as the stock returned -11.4% in Q3 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.
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