Joel Kornblau - Tuesday, January 7, 9:30 AMAt Holdings Channel, we have reviewed the latest batch of the 22 most recent 13F filings for the 12/31/2019 reporting period, and noticed that Facebook Inc (FB) 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 FB positions, for this latest batch of 13F filers:
|Fund||New Position?||Change In Share Count||Change In Market Value ($ in 1000's)|
|Altfest L J & Co. Inc.||Existing||-141||+$84|
|Winthrop Advisory Group LLC||Existing||+64||+$105|
|Advocacy Wealth Management Services LLC||Existing||UNCH||$UNCH|
|Sound Income Strategies LLC||Existing||+80||+$49|
|Centric Wealth Management||Existing||-12||+$59|
|Simon Quick Advisors LLC||Existing||+1,484||+$361|
|Verde Servicos Internacionais S.A.||Existing||+3,059||+$2,129|
|Bright Rock Capital Management LLC||Existing||-2,000||+$469|
|Rockland Trust Co.||Existing||+2,780||+$2,459|
|Nexus Investment Management Inc.||Existing||-870||+$2,778|
|FTB Advisors Inc.||Existing||-44||+$283|
|Packer & Co Ltd||Existing||UNCH||+$6,603|
|Neumann Advisory Hong Kong Ltd||Existing||UNCH||+$10,325|
|Bangor Savings Bank||Existing||+68||+$221|
In terms of shares owned, we count 6 of the above funds having increased existing FB positions from 09/30/2019 to 12/31/2019, with 5 having decreased their positions.
Looking beyond these particular funds in this one batch of most recent filers, we tallied up the FB share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held FB at the 12/31/2019 reporting period (out of the 4,984 we looked at in total). We then compared that number to the sum total of FB shares those same funds held back at the 09/30/2019 period, to see how the aggregate share count held by hedge funds has moved for FB. We found that between these two periods, funds increased their holdings by 17,127,908 shares in the aggregate, from 1,801,315,331 up to 1,818,443,239 for a share count increase of approximately 0.95%. The overall top three funds holding FB on 12/31/2019 were:
|»||Fund||Shares of FB Held|
|1.||Vanguard Group Inc.||182,759,570|
|4-10||Find out the full Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding FB||»|
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 Facebook Inc (FB).
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