Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY) shares popped by over 4% earlier today from its closing price on Friday, before its gains were trimmed by the market, as the stock witnesses the short-lived effects of positive notes from analysts last week and today. In a note today, Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) reiterated its ‘Buy’ rating on Mobileye’s stock. In another note today, Morgan Stanley’s Ravi Shankey said that the inclusion of Mobileye NV on Volkswagen AG’s strategic supplier list may be the first step in the firm becoming a Volkswagen “core vision systems supplier”. On Thursday, RBC Capital Markets increased its price target on the stock to $68.00 from $62.00.
Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital are not the only ratings firms to recently shine a positive light on Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY). On July 21, Deutsche Bank raised its price target on the stock to $72.00 from $52.00. It also reiterated its ‘Buy’ rating, citing company executives saying they expect their market share to not decrease by 50% in the next five years. The financial firm also noted that original equipment manufacturers are intent on using mobile technology, including crash mitigation systems across multiple models.
Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY) is expected to release its second-quarter results before markets open on Thursday. Wall Street is expecting an EPS of $0.04 versus a flat EPS in the same quarter last year. In the previous quarter, Mobileye reported an EPS of $0.08 on revenues of $45.6 million, beating analyst estimates of $0.07 in EPS on $44.23 million in revenues.
The positivity surrounding Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY) is also reflected on the whopping increase of the hedge fund holdings by 204.68% on the quarter to $452.31 million in hedge fund holdings by March 31. This is indicative of a very bullish sentiment among hedge funds. Furthermore, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock heading into the second quarter, significantly up from 21 a quarter earlier.
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Keeping these in mind, let’s view the latest hedge fund activity regarding Mobileye NV.
How have ‘hedgies’ been trading Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY)?
According to our database, Senator Investment Group, managed by Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin, holds the most valuable position in Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY), owning 2.15 million shares, valued at $90.4 million. Coming in second is James Dinan of York Capital Management, with a $68.7 million position held in 1.63 million shares. Some other ‘hedgies’ that are bullish on the stock include Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.
As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. It should be noted that the previously-mentioned Senator Investment Group, York Capital Management Citadel Investment Group, and Balyasny Asset Management initiated their Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY) stakes just in the first quarter, meaning that the largest investors in the stock among the funds we track went long in the stock just recently. Meanwhile, Alexander Mitchell‘s Scopus Asset Management also bought 906,178 shares during the first quarter.
As we can see, the world’s best money managers are going long in this stock. The very bullish sentiment from hedge funds make us also recommend a long position in Mobileye NV (NYSE:MBLY), particularly because vehicle safety and driver assistance systems should be a growth industry in years to come as people, car makers and regulators prioritize the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Mobileye also has technologies that can be used in driverless cars, another segment that a lot of other companies are putting resources in.