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Hedge Funds Have Never Been This Bullish On Organigram Holdings Inc. (OGI)

Abigail Fisher

Many investors, including Paul Tudor Jones or Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying before the Q4 market crash that the stock market is overvalued due to a low interest rate environment that leads to companies swapping their equity for debt and focusing mostly on short-term performance such as beating the quarterly earnings estimates. In the first half of 2019, most investors recovered all of their Q4 losses as sentiment shifted and optimism dominated the US China trade negotiations. Nevertheless, many of the stocks that delivered strong returns in the first half still sport strong fundamentals and their gains were more related to the general market sentiment rather than their individual performance and hedge funds kept their bullish stance. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI) changed recently.

Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. Our calculations also showed that OGI isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video below). Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds

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Unlike former hedge manager, Dr. Steve Sjuggerud, who is convinced Dow will soar past 40000, our long-short investment strategy doesn't rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. Let's take a glance at the key hedge fund action encompassing Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI).

What have hedge funds been doing with Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI)?

At Q2's end, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 5 from the first quarter of 2019. By comparison, 0 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in OGI 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.

Philip Hempleman Ardsley Partners

Among these funds, Ardsley Partners held the most valuable stake in Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI), which was worth $6.4 million at the end of the second quarter. On the second spot was Ancora Advisors which amassed $2.3 million worth of shares. Moreover, Springbok Capital, Diametric Capital, and Rima Senvest Management were also bullish on Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Consequently, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Ardsley Partners, managed by Philip Hempleman, created the largest position in Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI). Ardsley Partners had $6.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Frederick DiSanto's Ancora Advisors also made a $2.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new OGI positions are Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle's Springbok Capital, Nick Thakore's Diametric Capital, and Richard Mashaal's Rima Senvest Management.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Vocera Communications Inc (NYSE:VCRA), Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE:BOOT), ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS), and PJT Partners Inc (NYSE:PJT). All of these stocks' market caps are similar to OGI's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position VCRA,14,52283,-3 BOOT,22,185590,-1 PLUS,12,27761,3 PJT,15,142793,-4 Average,15.75,102107,-1.25 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 15.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $102 million. That figure was $9 million in OGI's case. Boot Barn Holdings Inc (NYSE:BOOT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:OGI) is even less popular than PLUS. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards OGI. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately OGI wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); OGI investors were disappointed as the stock returned -46.6% during the third quarter 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 many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2019.

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

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