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Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) was in 41 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 45. VOYA shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with VOYA holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that VOYA 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 Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA)
At Q2’s end, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 28% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards VOYA over the last 20 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
More specifically, Pzena Investment Management was the largest shareholder of Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA), with a stake worth $237.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Pzena Investment Management was Samlyn Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $236 million. Citadel Investment Group, Millennium Management, and Point72 Asset 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 Strycker View Capital allocated the biggest weight to Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA), around 8.44% of its 13F portfolio. Capital Returns Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 4.4 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to VOYA.
Now, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, created the most valuable position in Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA). Alyeska Investment Group had $18.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital also made a $12.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Usman Waheed’s Strycker View Capital, Richard SchimeláandáLawrence Sapanski’s Cinctive Capital Management, and Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s Schonfeld Strategic Advisors.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA). These stocks are Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO), Berry Global Group Inc (NYSE:BERY), Axon Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAXN), Farfetch Limited (NYSE:FTCH), Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI), Sensata Technologies Holding plc (NYSE:ST), and Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC). This group of stocks’ market values are closest to VOYA’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 33.6 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $723 million. That figure was $792 million in VOYA’s case. Berry Global Group Inc (NYSE:BERY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC) is the least popular one with only 20 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Voya Financial Inc (NYSE:VOYA) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for VOYA is 87.3. 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 30% in 2020 through October 23rd and still managed to beat the market by 21 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on VOYA, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 13% since the end of June (through October 23rd) and outperformed the market as well.
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