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Were Hedge Funds Right About Flocking Into Fox Factory Holding Corp (FOXF) ?

Before we spend days researching a stock idea we’d like to take a look at how hedge funds and billionaire investors recently traded that stock. S&P 500 Index ETF (SPY) lost 13.5% in the fourth quarter. Seven out of 11 industry groups in the S&P 500 Index were down more than 20% from their 52-week highs at the trough of the stock market crash. The average return of a randomly picked stock in the index was even worse. This means you (or a monkey throwing a dart) have less than an even chance of beating the market by randomly picking a stock. On the other hand, the top 15 most popular S&P 500 stocks among hedge funds not only recouped their Q4 losses but also outperformed the index by more than 3 percentage points. In this article, we will take a look at what hedge funds think about Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF).

Is Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF) going to take off soon? Money managers are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions moved up by 1 recently. Our calculations also showed that FOXF isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s view the new hedge fund action encompassing Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF).

What have hedge funds been doing with Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 10% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in FOXF over the last 14 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF), which was worth $19.8 million at the end of December. On the second spot was Winton Capital Management which amassed $11.3 million worth of shares. Moreover, Royce & Associates, Driehaus Capital, and PEAK6 Capital Management were also bullish on Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Now, key money managers have jumped into Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF) headfirst. GLG Partners, managed by Noam Gottesman, created the biggest position in Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF). GLG Partners had $1.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management also made a $1.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF) but similarly valued. These stocks are Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ:SFNC), Apollo Commercial Real Est. Finance Inc (NYSE:ARI), 360 Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ:QFIN), and First Interstate Bancsystem Inc (NASDAQ:FIBK). This group of stocks’ market valuations match FOXF’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SFNC 7 12428 -2
ARI 10 34816 3
QFIN 2 1897 2
FIBK 13 82956 1
Average 8 33024 1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 8 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $33 million. That figure was $47 million in FOXF’s case. First Interstate Bancsystem Inc (NASDAQ:FIBK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand 360 Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ:QFIN) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on FOXF as the stock returned 31.6% and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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