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Hedge Fund Sentiment Towards New Relic Inc (NEWR) Still Very Bullish

Nina Todic

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 December 31st. In this article, we look at what those funds think of New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR) based on that data.

Hedge fund interest in New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. Overall hedge fund positions in the stock are still at their all time high. At the end of this article we will also compare NEWR to other stocks including ADT Inc. (NYSE:ADT), BRF S.A. (NYSE:BRFS), and Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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John Overdeck of Two Sigma

Let's take a look at the recent hedge fund action regarding New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR).

What does the smart money think about New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR)?

At Q4's end, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter of 2018. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NEWR over the last 14 quarters. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with NEWR Positions

Among these funds, Renaissance Technologies held the most valuable stake in New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR), which was worth $92.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Two Sigma Advisors which amassed $75.2 million worth of shares. Moreover, Millennium Management, Matrix Capital Management, and Polar Capital were also bullish on New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Due to the fact that New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR) has experienced bearish sentiment from the smart money, it's safe to say that there is a sect of money managers that elected to cut their entire stakes last quarter. Intriguingly, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital dumped the largest stake of the "upper crust" of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, valued at an estimated $13.4 million in stock. Paul Tudor Jones's fund, Tudor Investment Corp, also dropped its stock, about $2.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total 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 similar to New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR). We will take a look at ADT Inc. (NYSE:ADT), BRF S.A. (NYSE:BRFS), Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI), and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY). This group of stocks' market values are similar to NEWR's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ADT,15,62341,-4 BRFS,9,48699,-1 AYI,27,848812,-8 CY,23,220139,-1 Average,18.5,294998,-3.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 18.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $295 million. That figure was $446 million in NEWR's case. Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand BRF S.A. (NYSE:BRFS) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks New Relic Inc (NYSE:NEWR) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that the top 15 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 21.3% year-to-date through April 8th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 5 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on NEWR, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 18.7% and outperformed the market as well.

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

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