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Is Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK) a buy, sell, or hold? Money managers are betting on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 13 lately. Our calculations also showed that cwk isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We're going to take a gander at the recent hedge fund action surrounding Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK).
How are hedge funds trading Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK)?
Heading into the second quarter of 2019, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 100% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 0 hedge funds with a bullish position in CWK a year ago. So, let's find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Among these funds, Lakewood Capital Management held the most valuable stake in Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK), which was worth $61.2 million at the end of the first quarter. On the second spot was Citadel Investment Group which amassed $50.9 million worth of shares. Moreover, Capital Growth Management, Land & Buildings Investment Management, and Millennium Management were also bullish on Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.
As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Zimmer Partners, managed by Stuart J. Zimmer, assembled the largest position in Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK). Zimmer Partners had $15.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Khoury's Long Pond Capital also initiated a $13.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Paul Marshall and Ian Wace's Marshall Wace LLP, David Rodriguez-Fraile's BlueMar Capital Management, and Steve Cohen's Point72 Asset Management.
Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK) but similarly valued. These stocks are Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI), Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. (NASDAQ:GGAL), American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE:AEO), and Wyndham Destinations, Inc. (NYSE:WYND). This group of stocks' market valuations match CWK's market valuation.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position AWI,25,521911,-1 GGAL,17,114741,-2 AEO,25,459761,-2 WYND,25,139648,5 Average,23,309015,0 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $309 million. That figure was $309 million in CWK's case. Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. (NASDAQ:GGAL) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Unfortunately CWK wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on CWK were disappointed as the stock returned -2.8% during the same period 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 among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q2.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.