In this article we will check out the progression of hedge fund sentiment towards FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) and determine whether it is a good investment right now. We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before spending days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more incentives and resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also employ numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments.
Is FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) the right pick for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know were taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets rose by 3 lately. FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) was in 42 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 46. Our calculations also showed that FMC 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). There were 39 hedge funds in our database with FMC positions at the end of the first quarter.
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What have hedge funds been doing with FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC)?
At the end of June, a total of 42 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 8% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 36 hedge funds with a bullish position in FMC a year ago. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) was held by Citadel Investment Group, which reported holding $122.3 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Glenview Capital with a $114.3 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Pelham Capital, Cardinal Capital, and Skylands Capital. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Pelham Capital allocated the biggest weight to FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC), around 9.88% of its 13F portfolio. Albar Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 5.08 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to FMC.
As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, created the largest position in FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC). Adage Capital Management had $14.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments also made a $3.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new FMC investors: Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners, Renaissance Technologies, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC). These stocks are Galapagos NV (NASDAQ:GLPG), Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM), Carnival Corporation & Plc (NYSE:CCL), Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ:Z), Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL), SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (NYSE:SKM), and Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to FMC’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 34.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $924 million. That figure was $549 million in FMC’s case. Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ:Z) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (NYSE:SKM) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for FMC is 68.7. 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. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. 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 30% in 2020 through October 23rd and beat the market by 21 percentage points. Unfortunately FMC wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on FMC were disappointed as the stock returned 8.6% since the end of June (through 10/23) 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 many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.
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