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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Outfront Media Inc (OUT)

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September 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 Outfront Media Inc (NYSE:OUT).

Outfront Media Inc (NYSE:OUT) was in 35 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 41. OUT shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with OUT positions at the end of the second quarter. Our calculations also showed that OUT isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings).

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Do Hedge Funds Think OUT Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At third quarter's end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 13% from the second quarter of 2021. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards OUT over the last 25 quarters. So, let's find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is OUT A Good Stock To Buy?
Is OUT A Good Stock To Buy?

Among these funds, Citadel Investment Group held the most valuable stake in Outfront Media Inc (NYSE:OUT), which was worth $96.3 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was P2 Capital Partners which amassed $82 million worth of shares. Hawk Ridge Management, Fir Tree, and EMS Capital were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Nishkama Capital allocated the biggest weight to Outfront Media Inc (NYSE:OUT), around 7.19% of its 13F portfolio. P2 Capital Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 6.91 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to OUT.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Hidden Lake Asset Management, managed by Kevin Mok, created the largest position in Outfront Media Inc (NYSE:OUT). Hidden Lake Asset Management had $9.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steven Boyd's Armistice Capital also made a $4.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new OUT investors: Felix Wai's Zeno Research, Peter Algert's Algert Global, and Matthew Hulsizer's PEAK6 Capital Management.

Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Outfront Media Inc (NYSE:OUT). We will take a look at Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:RETA), Allogene Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALLO), Cerence Inc. (NASDAQ:CRNC), Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH), Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE:SIX), Millicom International Cellular S.A. (NASDAQ:TIGO), and VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ:VEON). This group of stocks' market caps match OUT's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position RETA,13,184435,-5 ALLO,21,205580,-5 CRNC,18,105845,-3 MTH,27,370507,7 SIX,42,1046474,6 TIGO,7,57120,0 VEON,15,81991,2 Average,20.4,293136,0.3 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 20.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $293 million. That figure was $689 million in OUT's case. Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE:SIX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Millicom International Cellular S.A. (NASDAQ:TIGO) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Outfront Media Inc (NYSE:OUT) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for OUT is 74.6. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. This is a slightly positive signal but we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 28.6% in 2021 through November 30th and beat the market again by 5.6 percentage points. Unfortunately OUT wasn't nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on OUT were disappointed as the stock returned -0.8% since the end of September (through 11/30) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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