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SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK) was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 31. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. SVMK shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with SVMK holdings at the end of March. Our calculations also showed that SVMK 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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How have hedgies been trading SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK)?
Heading into the third quarter of 2020, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 14% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in SVMK a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, Park West Asset Management held the most valuable stake in SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK), which was worth $45.1 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Legion Partners Asset Management which amassed $36.3 million worth of shares. ThornTree Capital Partners, Royce & Associates, and D E Shaw 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 Legion Partners Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK), around 10.17% of its 13F portfolio. Akaris Global Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 8.97 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to SVMK.
As aggregate interest increased, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, created the most valuable position in SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK). Arrowstreet Capital had $19.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Zachary Miller’s Parian Global Management also made a $10.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Warren Lammert’s Granite Point Capital, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK) but similarly valued. These stocks are Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF), Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA), Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX), The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN), KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), BRF SA (NYSE:BRFS), and Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble SVMK’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 24 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $407 million. That figure was $310 million in SVMK’s case. KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand BRF SA (NYSE:BRFS) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. SVMK Inc. (NASDAQ:SVMK) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for SVMK is 83.7. 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 23% in 2020 through October 30th and beat the market again by 20.1 percentage points. Unfortunately SVMK wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on SVMK were disappointed as the stock returned -11.1% since the end of June (through 10/30) 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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