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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Stamps.com Inc. (STMP)

Nina Todic

A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended March 31, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP).

Is Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP) worth your attention right now? The best stock pickers are becoming less hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went down by 4 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that stmp isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We're going to view the recent hedge fund action surrounding Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP).

How have hedgies been trading Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP)?

At Q1's end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -12% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 32 hedge funds with a bullish position in STMP a year ago. With hedge funds' sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with STMP Positions

Among these funds, SQN Investors held the most valuable stake in Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP), which was worth $66.6 million at the end of the first quarter. On the second spot was Millennium Management which amassed $45.7 million worth of shares. Moreover, Ailanthus Capital Management, Tekne Capital Management, and Citadel Investment Group were also bullish on Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Seeing as Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP) has faced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it's easy to see that there lies a certain "tier" of hedgies that slashed their full holdings by the end of the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies said goodbye to the biggest investment of the 700 funds tracked by Insider Monkey, totaling an estimated $43.6 million in stock, and Claus Moller's P2 Capital Partners was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $38.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 4 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Hub Group Inc (NASDAQ:HUBG), Innoviva, Inc. (NASDAQ:INVA), Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAVN), and The Liberty Braves Group (NASDAQ:BATRA). This group of stocks' market values match STMP's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position HUBG,23,267749,2 INVA,21,293661,-1 RAVN,11,92610,-4 BATRA,11,69354,1 Average,16.5,180844,-0.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $181 million. That figure was $265 million in STMP's case. Hub Group Inc (NASDAQ:HUBG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAVN) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP) 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 STMP wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on STMP were disappointed as the stock returned -58.9% 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.

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