With the fourth-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the first quarter of 2021. One of these stocks was General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD).
Is General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) a great investment now? Prominent investors were turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions inched up by 3 recently. General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) was in 40 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of December. The all time high for this statistic is 51. Our calculations also showed that GD isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q4 rankings).
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Michael Gelband of ExodusPoint Capital
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Do Hedge Funds Think GD Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?
Heading into the first quarter of 2021, a total of 40 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GD over the last 22 quarters. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) was held by Longview Asset Management, which reported holding $4470.8 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Arrowstreet Capital with a $117.4 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Adage Capital Management, Abrams Bison Investments, and Markel Gayner Asset Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Longview Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD), around 95.97% of its 13F portfolio. Abrams Bison Investments is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 6.64 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to GD.
Consequently, specific money managers have jumped into General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) headfirst. Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, managed by Ryan Tolkin (CIO), created the largest position in General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD). Schonfeld Strategic Advisors had $3.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Avellone's Cartenna Capital also initiated a $2.3 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new GD investors: Michael Gelband's ExodusPoint Capital, Parvinder Thiara's Athanor Capital, and Matthew Tewksbury's Stevens Capital Management.
Let's check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD). These stocks are IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX), Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ), Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Grp, Inc. (NYSE:SMFG), The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC), Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET), Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROKU), and Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN). This group of stocks' market values are closest to GD's market value.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position IDXX,46,2697821,5 STZ,58,1768371,5 SMFG,10,92749,2 KHC,36,11558217,-3 MET,37,983027,1 ROKU,60,3237943,1 ALGN,50,2480630,3 Average,42.4,3259823,2 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 42.4 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $3260 million. That figure was $4955 million in GD's case. Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROKU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Grp, Inc. (NYSE:SMFG) is the least popular one with only 10 bullish hedge fund positions. General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for GD is 61.5. 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. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 90.7% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 35 percentage points. These stocks gained 13.6% in 2021 through April 30th and still beat the market by 1.6 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on GD as the stock returned 29.6% since the end of the fourth quarter (through 4/30) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.
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