It has been a fantastic year for equity investors as Donald Trump pressured Federal Reserve to reduce interest rates and finalized the first leg of a trade deal with China. If you were a passive index fund investor, you had seen gains of 31% in your equity portfolio in 2019. However, if you were an active investor putting your money into hedge funds' favorite stocks, you had seen gains of more than 41%. In this article we are going to take a look at how hedge funds feel about a stock like HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) and compare its performance against hedge funds' favorite stocks.
HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) was in 34 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. HUBS investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with HUBS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that HUBS isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video at the end of this article for Q2 rankings).
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How have hedgies been trading HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS)?
At Q3's end, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 3% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 21 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in HUBS a year ago. So, let's see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, Citadel Investment Group held the most valuable stake in HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS), which was worth $165.6 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was SCGE Management which amassed $144.5 million worth of shares. Alkeon Capital Management, Two Sigma Advisors, 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 North Peak Capital allocated the biggest weight to HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS), around 10.59% of its 13F portfolio. SCGE Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 7.3 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to HUBS.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names have jumped into HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) headfirst. North Peak Capital, managed by Michael Kahan and Jeremy Kahan, created the most valuable position in HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS). North Peak Capital had $24.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Anand Parekh's Alyeska Investment Group also made a $16.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are David Harding's Winton Capital Management, Charles Clough's Clough Capital Partners, and Karim Abbadi and Edward McBride's Centiva Capital.
Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) but similarly valued. These stocks are Momo Inc (NASDAQ:MOMO), Israel Chemicals Ltd. (NYSE:ICL), Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE), and Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE:HAE). This group of stocks' market caps match HUBS's market cap.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position MOMO,27,827296,5 ICL,5,21431,-1 SEE,32,950679,5 HAE,21,601291,-2 Average,21.25,600174,1.75 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 21.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $600 million. That figure was $821 million in HUBS's case. Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Israel Chemicals Ltd. (NYSE:ICL) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.1% in 2019 through December 23rd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. Unfortunately HUBS wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on HUBS were disappointed as the stock returned 25% so far in 2019 (through 12/23) and trailed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 65 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market in 2019. Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.