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Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Genpact Limited (G)

Nina Todic

As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in fourth quarter, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with technology among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and recouped their losses by the end of the first quarter. We get to see hedge funds' thoughts towards the market and individual stocks by aggregating their quarterly portfolio movements and reading their investor letters. In this article, we will particularly take a look at what hedge funds think about Genpact Limited (NYSE:G).

Genpact Limited (NYSE:G) was in 29 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of March. G investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers lately. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with G positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that g isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Jeffrey Talpins Element Capital

We're going to take a peek at the recent hedge fund action encompassing Genpact Limited (NYSE:G).

How are hedge funds trading Genpact Limited (NYSE:G)?

At Q1's end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 32% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards G over the last 15 quarters. With the smart money's sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with G Positions

Among these funds, D E Shaw held the most valuable stake in Genpact Limited (NYSE:G), which was worth $120.4 million at the end of the first quarter. On the second spot was Arrowstreet Capital which amassed $111.5 million worth of shares. Moreover, Element Capital Management, Millennium Management, and Pzena Investment Management were also bullish on Genpact Limited (NYSE:G), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers have jumped into Genpact Limited (NYSE:G) headfirst. Element Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Talpins, created the most outsized position in Genpact Limited (NYSE:G). Element Capital Management had $52.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Vikas Lunia's Lunia Capital also made a $10.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Ian Simm's Impax Asset Management, Dmitry Balyasny's Balyasny Asset Management, and Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Genpact Limited (NYSE:G) but similarly valued. These stocks are AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER), Gerdau SA (NYSE:GGB), Guardant Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GH), and HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS). This group of stocks' market values match G's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position AER,23,792415,-8 GGB,10,168753,-2 GH,14,174703,7 HUBS,29,621767,7 Average,19,439410,1 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $439 million. That figure was $601 million in G's case. HubSpot Inc (NYSE:HUBS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Gerdau SA (NYSE:GGB) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. Genpact Limited (NYSE:G) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. 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. Hedge funds were also right about betting on G as the stock returned 2.5% during the same period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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

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