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Is Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (FMX) A Good Stock To Buy?

Abigail Fisher

Is Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It's not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.

Hedge fund interest in Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare FMX to other stocks including HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE:BUD) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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[caption id="attachment_375529" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors[/caption]

Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors

We're going to take a look at the key hedge fund action regarding Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX).

Hedge fund activity in Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, representing no change from the second quarter of 2018. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FMX heading into this year. With the smart money's positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

FMX_dec2018

Among these funds, Gardner Russo & Gardner held the most valuable stake in Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX), which was worth $16.1 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Millennium Management which amassed $13.6 million worth of shares. Moreover, Arrowstreet Capital, Renaissance Technologies, and GAMCO Investors were also bullish on Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Because Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX) has witnessed a decline in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there were a few money managers who were dropping their full holdings last quarter. Interestingly, Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group said goodbye to the largest stake of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, worth about $0.6 million in stock. Matthew Tewksbury's fund, Stevens Capital Management, also sold off its stock, about $0.4 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let's check out hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX) but similarly valued. These stocks are HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE:BUD), and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA). All of these stocks' market caps resemble FMX's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position HSBC,6,716155,-1 DIS,63,4911677,11 BUD,20,1613876,-1 NVDA,56,4087785,-1 Average,36.25,2832373,2 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 36.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2.83 billion. That figure was $77 million in FMX's case. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:FMX) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard DIS might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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