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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Teleflex Incorporated (TFX)

Reymerlyn Martin

Before we spend many hours researching a company, we'd like to analyze what insiders, hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. We would like to do so because the elite investors' consensus returns have been exceptional. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX).

Is Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) a buy here? Hedge funds are selling. The number of bullish hedge fund positions dropped by 11 recently. Our calculations also showed that TFX isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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 the 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 18 percentage points since May 2014 through December 3, 2018 (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.

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We're going to take a gander at the recent hedge fund action regarding Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX).

What have hedge funds been doing with Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -39% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TFX over the last 13 quarters. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Robert Joseph Caruso's Select Equity Group has the largest position in Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), worth close to $418.6 million, comprising 3.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, which holds a $74.8 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies, Anand Parekh's Alyeska Investment Group and Samuel Isaly's OrbiMed Advisors.

Seeing as Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) has faced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it's easy to see that there lies a certain "tier" of hedge funds that slashed their entire stakes by the end of the third quarter. Interestingly, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley's Polar Capital cut the biggest stake of the 700 funds watched by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $45.6 million in stock. Christopher James's fund, Partner Fund Management, also cut its stock, about $45.5 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 11 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX). These stocks are F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACGL), AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EQH), and Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE:SQM). This group of stocks' market valuations are similar to TFX's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position FFIV,24,919666,-2 ACGL,17,1118780,1 EQH,21,763476,2 SQM,9,70961,-6 Average,17.75,718,-1.25 [/table]

View table here if you experience formatting issues. As you can see these stocks had an average of 17.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $718 million. That figure was $728 million in TFX's case. F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE:SQM) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) 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 FFIV might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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