Out of thousands of stocks that are currently traded on the market, it is difficult to identify those that will really generate strong returns. Hedge funds and institutional investors spend millions of dollars on analysts with MBAs and PhDs, who are industry experts and well connected to other industry and media insiders on top of that. Individual investors can piggyback the hedge funds employing these talents and can benefit from their vast resources and knowledge in that way. We analyze quarterly 13F filings of nearly 823 hedge funds and, by looking at the smart money sentiment that surrounds a stock, we can determine whether it has the potential to beat the market over the long-term. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at what smart money thinks about Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU).
Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of June. The all time high for this statistics is 25. This means the bullish number of hedge fund positions in this stock currently sits at its all time high. Our calculations also showed that GLUU 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 Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU)
At the end of June, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 94% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in GLUU a year ago. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Among these funds, Shelter Haven Capital Management held the most valuable stake in Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU), which was worth $30.6 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Greenhouse Funds which amassed $27 million worth of shares. Arrowstreet Capital, Scopus Asset Management, and Renaissance Technologies 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 Shelter Haven Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU), around 11.7% of its 13F portfolio. Greenhouse Funds is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 4.04 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GLUU.
As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Shelter Haven Capital Management, managed by Jerry Kochanski, initiated the biggest position in Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU). Shelter Haven Capital Management had $30.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management also made a $20.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new GLUU investors: Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) but similarly valued. These stocks are O-I Glass, Inc. (NYSE:OI), Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ:SPNS), Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTK), Avanos Medical (NYSE:AVNS), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NASDAQ:ACB), Silk Road Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:SILK), and Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ:RNST). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to GLUU’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $143 million. That figure was $236 million in GLUU’s case. Cytokinetics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYTK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ:SPNS) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:GLUU) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for GLUU is 90. 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. Unfortunately GLUU wasn’t nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on GLUU were disappointed as the stock returned -22.8% since the end of the second quarter (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 most of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2020.
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