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Is ORIX Corporation (IX) A Good Stock To Buy?

Abigail Fisher

Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds' portfolio positions as of December 31st, 2018. What do these smart investors think about ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX)?

Is ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX) a marvelous investment today? Prominent investors are turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 1 recently. Our calculations also showed that IX isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

Hedge funds' reputation as shrewd investors has been tarnished in the last decade as their hedged returns couldn't keep up with the unhedged returns of the market indices. Our research has shown that hedge funds' small-cap stock picks managed to beat the market by double digits annually between 1999 and 2016, but the margin of outperformance has been declining in recent years. Nevertheless, we were still able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 32 percentage points since May 2014 through March 12, 2019 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that underperformed the market by 10 percentage points annually between 2006 and 2017. Interestingly the margin of underperformance of these stocks has been increasing in recent years. Investors who are long the market and short these stocks would have returned more than 27% annually between 2015 and 2017. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 in our quarterly newsletter.

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Let's take a peek at the key hedge fund action surrounding ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX).

How are hedge funds trading ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 17% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards IX over the last 14 quarters. So, let's examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Among these funds, Marshall Wace LLP held the most valuable stake in ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX), which was worth $2.2 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Arrowstreet Capital which amassed $1.3 million worth of shares. Moreover, Renaissance Technologies, D E Shaw, and Two Sigma Advisors were also bullish on ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, assembled the most valuable position in ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX). Marshall Wace LLP had $2.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX) but similarly valued. We will take a look at McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC), Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE:ROK), Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK), and Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). This group of stocks' market valuations are similar to IX's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position MKC,28,266766,7 ROK,35,674107,7 SWK,35,822108,8 VRSK,30,659725,7 Average,32,605677,7.25 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 32 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $606 million. That figure was $7 million in IX's case. Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE:ROK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) is the least popular one with only 28 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks ORIX Corporation (NYSE:IX) is even less popular than MKC. Hedge funds clearly don't like the stock. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 19.7% through March 15th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 6.6 percentage points. Unfortunately IX wasn't in this group. Hedge funds that bet on IX were disappointed as the stock lost 2.2% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks, you should check out the top 15 hedge fund stocks as 13 of these outperformed the market.

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

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