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Do Hedge Funds Love Box, Inc. (BOX)?

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In this article we will analyze whether Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) is a good investment right now by following the lead of some of the best investors in the world and piggybacking their ideas. There's no better way to get these firms' immense resources and analytical capabilities working for us than to follow their lead into their best ideas. While not all of these picks will be winners, our research shows that these picks historically outperformed the market by double digits annually.

Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) was in 35 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 43. There were 43 hedge funds in our database with BOX positions at the end of the first quarter. Our calculations also showed that BOX isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings).

Hedge funds' reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn't keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. 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 S&P 500 ETFs by 79 percentage points since March 2017 (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.

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At Insider Monkey, we scour multiple sources to uncover the next great investment idea. For example, we like undervalued, EBITDA-positive growth stocks, so we are checking out stock pitches like this emerging biotech stock. We go through lists like the 10 best EV stocks to pick the next Tesla that will deliver a 10x return. Even though we recommend positions in only a tiny fraction of the companies we analyze, we check out as many stocks as we can. We read hedge fund investor letters and listen to stock pitches at hedge fund conferences. You can subscribe to our free daily newsletter on our homepage. Now let's review the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX).

Do Hedge Funds Think BOX Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At second quarter's end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -19% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in BOX over the last 24 quarters. So, let's check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is BOX A Good Stock To Buy?
Is BOX A Good Stock To Buy?

The largest stake in Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) was held by Starboard Value LP, which reported holding $332.5 million worth of stock at the end of June. It was followed by RGM Capital with a $123.6 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Freshford Capital Management, Two Sigma Advisors, and Sunriver Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Freshford Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX), around 7.41% of its 13F portfolio. Starboard Value LP is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 6.53 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to BOX.

Due to the fact that Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) has faced falling interest from the smart money, logic holds that there were a few funds who sold off their entire stakes by the end of the second quarter. At the top of the heap, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital dropped the largest position of the "upper crust" of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, worth about $34.2 million in stock. Wallace Weitz's fund, Wallace R. Weitz & Co., also dropped its stock, about $28.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 8 funds by the end of the second quarter.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) but similarly valued. These stocks are EnerSys (NYSE:ENS), Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS), JBG SMITH Properties (NYSE:JBGS), Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA), Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA), Univar Solutions Inc (NYSE:UNVR), and Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR). This group of stocks' market values match BOX's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ENS,19,201671,-9 AXS,19,609412,-4 JBGS,17,197535,6 TGNA,18,347074,-2 ARNA,34,756649,1 UNVR,28,704708,3 POR,21,70216,0 Average,22.3,412466,-0.7 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22.3 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $412 million. That figure was $755 million in BOX's case. Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand JBG SMITH Properties (NYSE:JBGS) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Box, Inc. (NYSE:BOX) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for BOX is 71.4. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 21.8% in 2021 through October 11th and still beat the market by 4.4 percentage points. Unfortunately BOX wasn't nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on BOX were disappointed as the stock returned 0.6% since the end of the second quarter (through 10/11) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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