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Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest of late. Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 33. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with POOL positions at the end of the first quarter. Our calculations also showed that POOL 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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Hedge fund activity in Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL)
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 6% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 22 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in POOL 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.
More specifically, Fisher Asset Management was the largest shareholder of Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL), with a stake worth $82.5 million reported as of the end of June. Trailing Fisher Asset Management was Impax Asset Management, which amassed a stake valued at $79.2 million. Echo Street Capital Management, Select Equity Group, and Chilton Investment Company 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 Aubrey Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL), around 3.92% of its 13F portfolio. Chilton Investment Company is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 1.49 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to POOL.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds have jumped into Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) headfirst. Kerrisdale Capital, managed by Sahm Adrangi, established the most valuable position in Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL). Kerrisdale Capital had $9.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Brad Dunkley and Blair Levinsky’s Waratah Capital Advisors also made a $5.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new POOL investors: Mark Coe’s Intrinsic Edge Capital, Michael Cowley’s Sandbar Asset Management, and Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) but similarly valued. These stocks are KB Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:KB), Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE:AYX), Gartner Inc (NYSE:IT), Trimble Inc. (NASDAQ:TRMB), VICI Properties Inc. (NYSE:VICI), Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG), and StoneCo Ltd. (NASDAQ:STNE). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble POOL’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 35 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1098 million. That figure was $492 million in POOL’s case. VICI Properties Inc. (NYSE:VICI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand KB Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:KB) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for POOL is 69.2. 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 gained 23% in 2020 through October 30th and still beat the market by 20.1 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on POOL as the stock returned 28.9% since the end of the second quarter (through 10/30) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.
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