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HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) was in 41 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 36. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that HUBS 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 have hedgies been trading HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS)?
Heading into the third quarter of 2020, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 52% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 33 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in HUBS a year ago. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, SCGE Management held the most valuable stake in HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS), which was worth $315.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Citadel Investment Group which amassed $93.9 million worth of shares. North Peak Capital, Two Sigma Advisors, and Hitchwood Capital Management 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 North Peak Capital allocated the biggest weight to HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS), around 20.12% of its 13F portfolio. SCGE Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 6.1 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to HUBS.
Now, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Echo Street Capital Management, managed by Greg Poole, created the largest position in HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS). Echo Street Capital Management had $29.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Girish Kumar’s TenCore Partners also initiated a $10.5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new HUBS investors: Richard SchimeláandáLawrence Sapanski’s Cinctive Capital Management, Highbridge Capital Management, and Robert Henry Lynch’s Aristeia Capital.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) but similarly valued. These stocks are Avantor, Inc. (NYSE:AVTR), Qiagen NV (NYSE:QGEN), China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (NYSE:ZNH), RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM), The Carlyle Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CG), Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), and ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE:ASX). This group of stocks’ market values match HUBS’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 18.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $259 million. That figure was $868 million in HUBS’s case. Avantor, Inc. (NYSE:AVTR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (NYSE:ZNH) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for HUBS is 90. 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. 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 returned 30% in 2020 through October 23rd but still managed to beat the market by 21 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on HUBS as the stock returned 40.7% since the end of June (through 10/23) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.
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