Many prominent investors, including Warren Buffett, David Tepper and Stan Druckenmiller, have been cautious regarding the current bull market and missed out as the stock market reached another high in recent weeks. On the other hand, technology hedge funds weren’t timid and registered double digit market beating gains. Financials, energy and industrial stocks aren’t doing great but many of the stocks that delivered strong returns since March are still going very strong and hedge funds actually increased their positions in these stocks. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) changed recently.
Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest of late. Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The all time high for this statistics is 53. Our calculations also showed that ARMK 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 Aramark (NYSE:ARMK)
At the end of June, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 17% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 36 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ARMK a year ago. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Kensico Capital held the most valuable stake in Aramark (NYSE:ARMK), which was worth $142.6 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Permian Investment Partners which amassed $81.8 million worth of shares. King Street Capital, Mantle Ridge LP, and Brahman Capital 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 Mantle Ridge LP allocated the biggest weight to Aramark (NYSE:ARMK), around 100% of its 13F portfolio. Permian Investment Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 14.69 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to ARMK.
As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. King Street Capital, managed by Brian J. Higgins, established the most outsized position in Aramark (NYSE:ARMK). King Street Capital had $63.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also made a $33.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ARMK investors: Isaac Corre’s Governors Lane, Andrew Kurita’s Kettle Hill Capital Management, and Anna Nikolayevsky’s Axel Capital Management.
Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Aramark (NYSE:ARMK). These stocks are American Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:AFG), Polaris Inc. (NYSE:PII), Inphi Corporation (NASDAQ:IPHI), Autoliv Inc. (NYSE:ALV), HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS), Apartment Investment and Management Co. (NYSE:AIV), and AppFolio Inc (NASDAQ:APPF). This group of stocks’ market valuations match ARMK’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 31.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $533 million. That figure was $597 million in ARMK’s case. Inphi Corporation (NASDAQ:IPHI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand AppFolio Inc (NASDAQ:APPF) is the least popular one with only 21 bullish hedge fund positions. Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for ARMK is 55.2. 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 23% in 2020 through October 30th and still beat the market by 20.1 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on ARMK as the stock returned 23.5% since the end of Q2 (through 10/30) and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
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