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Will Weyerhaeuser (WY) Emerge Stronger From the COVID-19 Crisis

First Eagle Investment Management recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download below. The First Eagle Fund of America posted a return of -23.72% for the quarter (without sales charge), underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned -19.60% in the same quarter. You should check out First Eagle’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash. There weren’t a lot of funds who could deliver these kinds of returns without shorting the market or using aggressive put options.

In the said letter, First Eagle highlighted a few stocks and Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE:WY) is one of them. Weyerhaeuser is a real estate investment trust company. Year-to-date, Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE:WY) stock lost 32% and on May 29th it had a closing price of $20.19. Here is what First Eagle said:

“Timberland company Weyerhaeuser is an example of what we believe to be a stock whose attractive long-term prospects have been swamped by short-term concerns. Lumber tends to see its best pricing when housing starts pick up, as they did in December and January before momentum was derailed by the coronavirus. While it may be difficult for the company to maintain its dividend in the current environment, we’re pleased the Fund owns the company’s long-duration assets—timberland harvest cycles run more than 25 years—at what we believe to be a discount.”

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In Q4 2019, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE:WY) stock remained unchanged from the previous quarter (see the chart here). Our calculations showed that Weyerhaeuser Co (NYSE:WY) isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

The top 10 stocks among hedge funds returned 185% since the end of 2014 and outperformed the S&P 500 Index ETFs by more than 109 percentage points. We know it sounds unbelievable. You have been dismissing our articles about top hedge fund stocks mostly because you were fed biased information by other media outlets about hedge funds’ poor performance. You could have doubled the size of your nest egg by investing in the top hedge fund stocks instead of dumb S&P 500 ETFs. Below you can watch our video about the top 5 hedge fund stocks right now. All of these stocks had positive returns in 2020.

Video: Top 5 Stocks Among Hedge Funds

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