The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the March quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge fund investors experienced strong gains on the back of a strong market performance, which certainly propelled them to adjust their equity holdings so as to maintain the desired risk profile. As a result, the relevancy of these public filings and their content is indisputable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV).
Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. EV was in 13 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of March. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with EV positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that EV isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let's take a look at the recent hedge fund action regarding Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV).
How have hedgies been trading Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV)?
At Q1's end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -24% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards EV over the last 15 quarters. With the smart money's capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV), with a stake worth $46.4 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $45.2 million. Millennium Management, AQR Capital Management, and D E Shaw were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
Because Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, it's safe to say that there was a specific group of money managers that elected to cut their positions entirely by the end of the third quarter. Intriguingly, Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Associates dropped the largest position of the "upper crust" of funds followed by Insider Monkey, valued at about $1.6 million in stock. Michael Gelband's fund, ExodusPoint Capital, also cut its stock, about $1.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds by the end of the third quarter.
Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV) but similarly valued. These stocks are FibroGen Inc (NASDAQ:FGEN), Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR), The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG), and AECOM (NYSE:ACM). This group of stocks' market caps are closest to EV's market cap.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position FGEN,21,193833,1 POR,19,251671,0 THG,23,300220,3 ACM,21,378709,3 Average,21,281108,1.75 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 21 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $281 million. That figure was $115 million in EV's case. The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR) is the least popular one with only 19 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV) is even less popular than POR. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on EV, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 5.1% during the same time frame and outperformed the market as well.
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