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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About DXC Technology Company (DXC) Anymore

Nina Todic

The 700+ hedge funds and famous money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the second quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of June 28. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund portfolios. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC).

Is DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC) undervalued? Money managers are getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets were cut by 5 lately. Our calculations also showed that DXC isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. DXC was in 41 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2019. There were 46 hedge funds in our database with DXC holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

So, why do we pay attention to hedge fund sentiment before making any investment decisions? Our research has shown that hedge funds' small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 40 percentage points since May 2014 through May 30, 2019 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter. Even if you aren't comfortable with shorting stocks, you should at least avoid initiating long positions in our short portfolio.

GLENVIEW CAPITAL

Unlike this former hedge fund manager who is convinced Dow will soar past 40000, our long-short investment strategy doesn't rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. Let's take a look at the new hedge fund action surrounding DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC).

Hedge fund activity in DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -11% from the first quarter of 2019. By comparison, 56 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DXC a year ago. With hedge funds' capital changing hands, there exists an "upper tier" of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with DXC Positions

According to Insider Monkey's hedge fund database, Larry Robbins's Glenview Capital has the biggest position in DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC), worth close to $603.3 million, accounting for 5.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Maverick Capital, led by Lee Ainslie, holding a $400.1 million position; the fund has 5.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions comprise D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw, Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management and Paul Singer's Elliott Management.

Since DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC) has faced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there lies a certain "tier" of hedgies that decided to sell off their full holdings in the second quarter. Intriguingly, Ryan Frick and Oliver Evans's Dorsal Capital Management dumped the largest position of the "upper crust" of funds followed by Insider Monkey, valued at about $102.9 million in stock, and Jeffrey Talpins's Element Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $30.3 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 5 funds in the second quarter.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Gartner Inc (NYSE:IT), NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI), and Dover Corporation (NYSE:DOV). This group of stocks' market valuations are closest to DXC's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position IT,17,1005108,2 NTAP,26,907458,2 DRI,24,798896,-14 DOV,32,604250,2 Average,24.75,828928,-2 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 24.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $829 million. That figure was $2116 million in DXC's case. Dover Corporation (NYSE:DOV) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Gartner Inc (NYSE:IT) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately DXC wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on DXC were disappointed as the stock returned -46.2% during the third quarter and underperformed 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 (see the video below) among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q3. Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds

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

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