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LivaNova PLC (LIVN): Hedge Funds Cashed Out A Bit Early

Nina Todic

Is LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.

Is LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) a sound investment now? Hedge funds are getting less optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions dropped by 4 recently. Our calculations also showed that LIVN isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (view the video below). Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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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 review the key hedge fund action surrounding LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN).

Hedge fund activity in LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -20% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards LIVN over the last 16 quarters. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with LIVN Positions

More specifically, Citadel Investment Group was the largest shareholder of LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN), with a stake worth $41.1 million reported as of the end of March. Trailing Citadel Investment Group was Redmile Group, which amassed a stake valued at $30.5 million. D E Shaw, AQR Capital Management, and Point72 Asset Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Because LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) has faced falling interest from hedge fund managers, it's safe to say that there were a few hedgies who were dropping their full holdings heading into Q3. It's worth mentioning that Renaissance Technologies sold off the biggest position of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, worth an estimated $35.8 million in call options. Israel Englander's fund, Millennium Management, also dropped its call options, about $7.3 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds heading into Q3.

Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN). We will take a look at Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC), Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ:MEOH), Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE:RBC), and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT). This group of stocks' market values are closest to LIVN's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position MIC,28,203080,4 MEOH,17,118229,-5 RBC,17,178292,0 GT,30,424551,11 Average,23,231038,2.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $231 million. That figure was $183 million in LIVN's case. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ:MEOH) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks LivaNova PLC (NASDAQ:LIVN) is even less popular than MEOH. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on LIVN, though not to the same extent, as the stock returned 2.5% during the third quarter and outperformed the market as well.

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

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