Hedge funds are known to underperform the bull markets but that’s not because they are bad at investing. Truth be told, most hedge fund managers and other smaller players within this industry are very smart and skilled investors. Of course, they may also make wrong bets in some instances, but no one knows what the future holds and how market participants will react to the bountiful news that floods in each day. Hedge funds underperform because they are hedged. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index ETFs returned approximately 27.5% through the end of November (including dividend payments). Conversely, hedge funds’ top 20 large-cap stock picks generated a return of 37.4% during the same period. An average long/short hedge fund returned only a fraction of this due to the hedges they implement and the large fees they charge. Our research covering the last 18 years indicates that investors can outperform the market by imitating hedge funds’ consensus stock picks rather than directly investing in hedge funds. That’s why we believe it isn’t a waste of time to check out hedge fund sentiment before you invest in a stock like Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL).
Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. ENBL was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with ENBL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that ENBL isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings).
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Why do we pay any attention at all to hedge fund sentiment? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ large-cap stock picks indeed failed to beat the market between 1999 and 2016. However, we were able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the Russell 2000 ETFs by 40 percentage points since May 2014 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that’ll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 27.8% through November 21, 2019. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.
We leave no stone unturned when looking for the next great investment idea. For example Discover is offering this insane cashback card, so we look into shorting the stock. One of the most bullish analysts in America just put his money where his mouth is. He says, “I’m investing more today than I did back in early 2009.” So we check out his pitch. We read hedge fund investor letters and listen to stock pitches at hedge fund conferences. We even check out this option genius’ weekly trade ideas. This December, we recommended Adams Energy as a one-way bet based on an under-the-radar fund manager’s investor letter and the stock already gained 20 percent. With all of this in mind we’re going to take a glance at the key hedge fund action encompassing Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL).
How have hedgies been trading Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -29% from the second quarter of 2019. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ENBL over the last 17 quarters. 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, Arrowstreet Capital held the most valuable stake in Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL), which was worth $14.5 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Zimmer Partners which amassed $7.7 million worth of shares. Marshall Wace, Renaissance Technologies, and Citadel Investment Group 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 Zimmer Partners allocated the biggest weight to Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL), around 0.08% of its 13F portfolio. Arrowstreet Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 0.03 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to ENBL.
Since Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL) has witnessed falling interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few fund managers that decided to sell off their entire stakes by the end of the third quarter. Intriguingly, Perella Weinberg Partners cut the largest stake of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, totaling about $11.4 million in stock. Simon Sadler’s fund, Segantii Capital, also cut its stock, about $2.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds by the end of the third quarter.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL) but similarly valued. These stocks are Popular Inc (NASDAQ:BPOP), First Citizens BancShares Inc. (NASDAQ:FCNCA), Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), and ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble ENBL’s market cap.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $751 million. That figure was $28 million in ENBL’s case. Popular Inc (NASDAQ:BPOP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand First Citizens BancShares Inc. (NASDAQ:FCNCA) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Enable Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ENBL) is even less popular than FCNCA. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards ENBL. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately ENBL wasn’t nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); ENBL investors were disappointed as the stock returned -21% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 70 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q4.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.