In this article we will take a look at whether hedge funds think Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE:XRX) is a good investment right now. We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, unconventional data sources, expert networks, and get tips from investment bankers and industry insiders. Sure they sometimes fail miserably, but their consensus stock picks historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.
Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE:XRX) was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 44. XRX has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 41 hedge funds in our database with XRX holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that XRX 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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What have hedge funds been doing with Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE:XRX)?
At Q2’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -15% from the first quarter of 2020. On the other hand, there were a total of 28 hedge funds with a bullish position in XRX 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 Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE:XRX) was held by Icahn Capital LP, which reported holding $358.6 million worth of stock at the end of June. It was followed by AQR Capital Management with a $96.4 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Citadel Investment Group, Arrowstreet Capital, and D E Shaw. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Icahn Capital LP allocated the biggest weight to Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE:XRX), around 1.82% of its 13F portfolio. Falcon Edge Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 1.25 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to XRX.
Due to the fact that Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE:XRX) has experienced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there was a specific group of hedgies who were dropping their full holdings heading into Q3. Interestingly, Kenneth Mario Garschina’s Mason Capital Management said goodbye to the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $21.3 million in stock, and Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $13.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 6 funds heading into Q3.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE:XRX) but similarly valued. These stocks are Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE:CNS), Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR), SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK), Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF), Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA), Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX), and The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN). This group of stocks’ market caps match XRX’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $317 million. That figure was $679 million in XRX’s case. SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA) is the least popular one with only 19 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE:XRX) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for XRX is 72.9. 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 23% in 2020 through October 30th but still managed to beat the market by 20.1 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on XRX as the stock returned 15.2% since the end of June (through 10/30) 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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