At the end of February we announced the arrival of the first US recession since 2009 and we predicted that the market will decline by at least 20% in (see why hell is coming). In these volatile markets we scrutinize hedge fund filings to get a reading on which direction each stock might be going. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards NextPoint Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:NXRT) at the end of the first quarter and determine whether the smart money was really smart about this stock.
NextPoint Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:NXRT) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. Our calculations also showed that NXRT isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). Video: Watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.
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[caption id="attachment_745225" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Noam Gottesman of GLG Partners[/caption]
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How have hedgies been trading NextPoint Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:NXRT)?
At Q1's end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -31% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NXRT over the last 18 quarters. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an "upper tier" of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Highland Capital Management was the largest shareholder of NextPoint Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:NXRT), with a stake worth $30.7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Highland Capital Management was Renaissance Technologies, which amassed a stake valued at $30.2 million. Millennium Management, Lyon Street Capital, and Citadel Investment Group 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 Highland Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to NextPoint Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:NXRT), around 5.81% of its 13F portfolio. Lyon Street Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 5.39 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to NXRT.
Judging by the fact that NextPoint Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:NXRT) has witnessed falling interest from hedge fund managers, it's easy to see that there was a specific group of hedge funds that elected to cut their entire stakes in the first quarter. Interestingly, Noam Gottesman's GLG Partners sold off the biggest investment of the "upper crust" of funds watched by Insider Monkey, comprising about $2.5 million in stock, and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace's Marshall Wace LLP was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $1.9 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 5 funds in the first quarter.
Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as NextPoint Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:NXRT) but similarly valued. These stocks are ChipMOS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:IMOS), Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB), Stewart Information Services Corp (NYSE:STC), and Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT). This group of stocks' market valuations are closest to NXRT's market valuation.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position IMOS,2,29197,-1 OPB,8,28016,-2 STC,14,57247,-1 JOUT,8,61506,-6 Average,8,43992,-2.5 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 8 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $44 million. That figure was $79 million in NXRT's case. Stewart Information Services Corp (NYSE:STC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ChipMOS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:IMOS) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. NextPoint Residential Trust Inc (NYSE:NXRT) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 12.3% in 2020 through June 30th but still beat the market by 15.5 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on NXRT as the stock returned 41.5% in Q2 and outperformed the market. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.
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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.