Hedge funds don’t get the respect they used to get. Nowadays investors prefer passive funds over actively managed funds. One thing they don’t realize is that 100% of the passive funds didn’t see the coronavirus recession coming, but a lot of hedge funds did. Even we published an article near the end of February and predicted a US recession. Think about all the losses you could have avoided if you sold your shares in February and bought them back at the end of March. Keeping this in mind let’s see whether Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR) represents a good buying opportunity at the moment.
Is Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR) worth your attention right now? The smart money is betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets increased by 2 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that SNBR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings and see the video at the end of this article for Q3 rankings).
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What does smart money think about Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR)?
At Q4’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 11% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SNBR over the last 18 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR) was held by D E Shaw, which reported holding $52.6 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Arrowstreet Capital with a $39 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included GLG Partners, Citadel Investment Group, and Millennium Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Maverick Capital allocated the biggest weight to Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR), around 0.19% of its 13F portfolio. PDT Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.17 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SNBR.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, established the largest position in Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR). Marshall Wace LLP had $3.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Harding’s Winton Capital Management also made a $2.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Jinghua Yan’s TwinBeech Capital, Hoon Kim’s Quantinno Capital, and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR) but similarly valued. These stocks are Myovant Sciences Ltd. (NYSE:MYOV), Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:ARLP), Atrion Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRI), and EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO). This group of stocks’ market values match SNBR’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $98 million. That figure was $191 million in SNBR’s case. Atrion Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:ARLP) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ:SNBR) is more popular among hedge funds. 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 1.0% in 2020 through May 1st and still beat the market by 12.9 percentage points. Unfortunately SNBR wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on SNBR were disappointed as the stock returned -39.8% during the four months of 2020 (through May 1st) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.
Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.