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LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 30. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with LIVN positions at the end of the fourth quarter. Our calculations also showed that LIVN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings).
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Do Hedge Funds Think LIVN Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
Heading into the second quarter of 2021, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -7% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 24 hedge funds with a bullish position in LIVN a year ago. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) was held by Eminence Capital, which reported holding $102.7 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Hawk Ridge Management with a $95.7 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Paradice Investment Management, Maverick Capital, and Redmile Group. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Hawk Ridge Management allocated the biggest weight to LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN), around 6.56% of its 13F portfolio. Paradice Investment Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 4.29 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to LIVN.
Seeing as LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) has experienced a decline in interest from hedge fund managers, we can see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds that decided to sell off their full holdings by the end of the first quarter. Intriguingly, Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP said goodbye to the largest investment of the 750 funds followed by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $40.8 million in stock. Roberto Mignone’s fund, Bridger Management, also cut its stock, about $14.3 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds by the end of the first quarter.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) but similarly valued. These stocks are Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI), Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (NASDAQ:AIMC), First Hawaiian, Inc. (NASDAQ:FHB), Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI), LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN), ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ:CCXI), and National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EYE). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to LIVN’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $199 million. That figure was $694 million in LIVN’s case. LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPSN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI) is the least popular one with only 15 bullish hedge fund positions. LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for LIVN is 71.6. 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 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 24% in 2021 through July 9th and beat the market again by 6.7 percentage points. Unfortunately LIVN wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on LIVN were disappointed as the stock returned 9.8% since the end of March (through 7/9) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.
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