Zuora, Inc. (ZUO): Hedge Fund Sentiment Unchanged

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30th. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Zuora, Inc. (NYSE:ZUO) based on that data.

Zuora, Inc. (NYSE:ZUO) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. At the end of this article we will also compare ZUO to other stocks including SeaDrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL), Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS), and DDR Corp (NYSE:DDR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Let’s take a glance at the recent hedge fund action regarding Zuora, Inc. (NYSE:ZUO).

Hedge fund activity in Zuora, Inc. (NYSE:ZUO)

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, no change from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ZUO over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with ZUO Positions

More specifically, Alkeon Capital Management was the largest shareholder of Zuora, Inc. (NYSE:ZUO), with a stake worth $39.4 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Alkeon Capital Management was Passport Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $11.3 million. Abdiel Capital Advisors, Honeycomb Asset Management, and Echo Street Capital Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Since Zuora, Inc. (NYSE:ZUO) has faced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of funds that slashed their full holdings in the third quarter. Intriguingly, Nehal Chopra’s Ratan Capital Group cut the largest stake of the 700 funds followed by Insider Monkey, worth close to $7.6 million in stock. Jack Ripsteen’s fund, Potrero Capital Research, also dropped its stock, about $4.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Zuora, Inc. (NYSE:ZUO) but similarly valued. These stocks are SeaDrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL), Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKS), DDR Corp (NYSE:DDR), and PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSMT). This group of stocks’ market valuations match ZUO’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SDRL 24 837744 20
BRKS 12 139987 2
DDR 12 136063 -3
PSMT 9 36325 5
Average 14.25 287530 6

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $288 million. That figure was $94 million in ZUO’s case. SeaDrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSMT) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Zuora, Inc. (NYSE:ZUO) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard SDRL might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.