Before we spend countless hours researching a company, we like to analyze what insiders, hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. This is a necessary first step in our investment process because our research has shown that the elite investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH).
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest of late. DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) was in 54 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 58. There were 44 hedge funds in our database with DISH holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that DISH 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 DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH)
At the end of June, a total of 54 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 23% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards DISH over the last 20 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, King Street Capital held the most valuable stake in DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), which was worth $255.2 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Jericho Capital Asset Management which amassed $234 million worth of shares. Eagle Capital Management, Palestra Capital Management, and Paulson & Co 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 Key Square Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), around 25.66% of its 13F portfolio. King Street Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 22.56 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to DISH.
As one would reasonably expect, some big names have jumped into DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) headfirst. Jericho Capital Asset Management, managed by Josh Resnick, created the biggest position in DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH). Jericho Capital Asset Management had $234 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Andrew Immerman and Jeremy Schiffman’s Palestra Capital Management also made a $188 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Brandon Haley’s Holocene Advisors, Mark Moore’s ThornTree Capital Partners, and Benjamin Pass’s TOMS Capital.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) but similarly valued. These stocks are Chewy, Inc. (NYSE:CHWY), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL), Fortis Inc. (NYSE:FTS), PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), Slack Technologies Inc (NYSE:WORK), Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), and Ameren Corporation (NYSE:AEE). This group of stocks’ market values are similar to DISH’s market value.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 39.1 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1142 million. That figure was $1703 million in DISH’s case. PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Fortis Inc. (NYSE:FTS) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for DISH is 65.3. 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. 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 DISH wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on DISH were disappointed as the stock returned -21.1% 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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