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Do Hedge Funds Love SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (SITE)?

Nina Todic

The government requires hedge funds and wealthy investors with over a certain portfolio size to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn't the intention, these filings level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings disclosed the funds' positions on September 30. We at Insider Monkey have made an extensive database of more than 700 of those elite funds and prominent investors' filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE) based on those filings.

SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers lately. SITE was in 15 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of September. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with SITE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that site isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

Why do we pay any attention at all to hedge fund sentiment? Our research has shown that hedge funds' large-cap stock picks indeed failed to beat the market between 1999 and 2016. However, we were 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'll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 24% through December 3, 2018. That's why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

Clint Carlson, Carlson Capital

Let's take a peek at the latest hedge fund action encompassing SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE).

What does the smart money think about SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE)?

At Q3's end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 36% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SITE over the last 13 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.

No of Hedge Funds with SITE Positions

The largest stake in SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE) was held by ThornTree Capital Partners, which reported holding $29.6 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Ascend Capital with a $16.8 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Carlson Capital, Blue Mountain Capital, and Latimer Light Capital.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers were leading the bulls' herd. Ascend Capital, managed by Malcolm Fairbairn, initiated the most outsized position in SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE). Ascend Capital had $16.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Clint Carlson's Carlson Capital also initiated a $15.8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SITE positions are Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow's Blue Mountain Capital, Mark Kingdon's Kingdon Capital, and Israel Englander's Millennium Management.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE). These stocks are Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR), Penn National Gaming, Inc (NASDAQ:PENN), Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT), and Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE:BBU). All of these stocks' market caps are closest to SITE's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position ALTR,13,117362,-4 PENN,24,405398,-3 AIT,24,165922,1 BBU,6,55418,1 Average,16.75,186025,-1.25 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $186 million. That figure was $109 million in SITE's case. Penn National Gaming, Inc (NASDAQ:PENN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE:BBU) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (NYSE:SITE) 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 PENN might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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