Should Value Investors Buy Constellation Brands (STZ) Stock?

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In the said letter, Bill Nygren highlighted a few stocks and Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE:STZ) is one of them. Constellation Brands is producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits. Year-to-date, Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE:STZ) stock lost 8.1% and on June 23rd it had a closing price of $180.46. Here is what Bill Nygren said:

“Another stock we added was Constellation Brands [STZ], the large importer of popular Mexican beer labels, including Modelo, Pacifico, and to their misfortune, Corona. The big market concern seemed to be that people are not going to bars any more, which is true, but we concluded that the 15% of Constellation’s sales from restaurants and bars could be largely offset by increased consumption at home. We think it’s very possible earnings won’t go down at all even this year, but the stock price had been cut in half. That made it interesting to us.”

In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE:STZ) stock decreased by about 4% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t seem to agree with Constellation Brands upside potential. Our calculations showed that Constellation Brands Inc. (NYSE:STZ) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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