Joel Kornblau - Thursday, April 11, 3:33 PMAt Holdings Channel, we have reviewed the latest batch of the 20 most recent 13F filings for the 03/31/2019 reporting period, and noticed that Coca-Cola Co (KO) was held by 14 of these funds. When hedge fund managers appear to be thinking alike, we find it is a good idea to take a closer look.
Before we proceed, it is important to point out that 13F filings do not tell the whole story, because these funds are only required to disclose their long positions with the SEC, but are not required to disclose their short positions. A fund making a bearish bet against a stock by shorting calls, for example, might also be long some amount of stock as they trade around their overall bearish position. This long component could show up in a 13F filing and everyone might assume the fund is bullish, but this tells only part of the story because the bearish/short side of the position is not seen.
Having given that caveat, we believe that looking at groups of 13F filings can be revealing, especially when comparing one holding period to another. Below, let's take a look at the change in KO positions, for this latest batch of 13F filers:
|Fund||New Position?||Change In Share Count||Change In Market Value ($ in 1000's)|
|Capital Investment Advisors LLC||Existing||-257||-$118|
|First United Bank Trust||NEW||+8,794||+$412|
|Legacy Private Trust Co.||Existing||-524||-$33|
|NuWave Investment Management LLC||Existing||-8,188||-$395|
|Harvey Investment Co. LLC||Existing||-783||-$77|
|Pathway Financial Advisors LLC||Existing||+200||+$5|
|LGT Capital Partners LTD.||Existing||+4,100||+$16|
|Murphy Capital Management Inc.||Existing||-7,849||-$431|
|Cribstone Capital Management LLC||Existing||-1,581||-$77|
|Ingalls & Snyder LLC||Existing||-2,249||-$253|
|Billeaud Capital Management Inc.||Existing||UNCH||-$52|
|Pflug Koory LLC||Existing||UNCH||-$2|
|Cardinal Capital Management||Existing||-635||-$70|
|TCI Wealth Advisors Inc.||Existing||-33||-$3|
In terms of shares owned, we count 2 of the above funds having increased existing KO positions from 12/31/2018 to 03/31/2019, with 9 having decreased their positions and 1 new position.
Looking beyond these particular funds in this one batch of most recent filers, we tallied up the KO share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held KO at the 03/31/2019 reporting period (out of the 255 we looked at in total). We then compared that number to the sum total of KO shares those same funds held back at the 12/31/2018 period, to see how the aggregate share count held by hedge funds has moved for KO. We found that between these two periods, funds reduced their holdings by 306,116 shares in the aggregate, from 15,804,904 down to 15,498,788 for a share count decline of approximately -1.94%. The overall top three funds holding KO on 03/31/2019 were:
|»||Fund||Shares of KO Held|
|1.||Manning & Napier Group LLC||3,330,838|
|2.||Gateway Investment Advisers LLC||2,140,043|
|3.||Factory Mutual Insurance Co.||1,409,300|
|4-10||Find out the full Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding KO||»|
We'll keep following the latest 13F filings by hedge fund managers and bring you interesting stories derived from a look at the aggregate information across groups of managers between filing periods. While looking at individual 13F filings can sometimes be misleading due to the long-only nature of the information, the sum total across groups of funds from one reporting period to another can be a lot more revealing and relevant, providing interesting stock ideas that merit further research, like Coca-Cola Co (KO).
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