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Hedge Funds Are Dumping American Woodmark Corporation (AMWD)

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The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey have plowed through 821 13F filings that hedge funds and well-known value investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds' and investors' portfolio positions as of March 31st, a week after the market trough. Now, we are almost done with the second quarter. Investors decided to bet on the economic recovery and a stock market rebound. S&P 500 Index returned almost 20% this quarter. In this article you are going to find out whether hedge funds thoughtAmerican Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD) was a good investment heading into the second quarter and how the stock traded in comparison to the top hedge fund picks.

American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD) was in 11 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of March. AMWD has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with AMWD positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that AMWD isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks).

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Hedge fund activity in American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -35% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AMWD over the last 18 quarters. 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, Royce & Associates held the most valuable stake in American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD), which was worth $4.8 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Arrowstreet Capital which amassed $2.9 million worth of shares. Renaissance Technologies, Balyasny Asset Management, and PEAK6 Capital Management 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 LFL Advisers allocated the biggest weight to American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD), around 0.28% of its 13F portfolio. Quantinno Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 0.24 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to AMWD.

Since American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD) has experienced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there were a few fund managers who were dropping their full holdings by the end of the first quarter. It's worth mentioning that Richard Driehaus's Driehaus Capital sold off the largest stake of the 750 funds monitored by Insider Monkey, worth close to $6.3 million in stock. David Harding's fund, Winton Capital Management, also dropped its stock, about $5.3 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 6 funds by the end of the first quarter.

Let's check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD). These stocks are Chase Corporation (NYSE:CCF), HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSTM), K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN), and Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS). This group of stocks' market valuations are closest to AMWD's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position CCF,10,67591,1 HSTM,17,46967,4 LRN,20,107274,5 UIS,16,74553,-2 Average,15.75,74096,2 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 15.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $74 million. That figure was $14 million in AMWD's case. K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Chase Corporation (NYSE:CCF) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 12.3% in 2020 through June 30th and still beat the market by 15.5 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on AMWD as the stock returned 66% during the second quarter and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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

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