See Which Of The Latest 13F Filers Holds Alphabet
Joel Kornblau - Thursday, May 7, 4:05 PM

At Holdings Channel, we have reviewed the latest batch of the 33 most recent 13F filings for the 03/31/2020 reporting period, and noticed that Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) was held by 21 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 GOOGL positions, for this latest batch of 13F filers:

FundNew Position?Change In Share CountChange In Market Value ($ in 1000's)
Hamel Associates Inc. Existing UNCH-$101
Elefante Mark B Existing -9-$154
Gardiner Nancy B Existing -44-$317
Plante Moran Financial Advisors LLC Existing +134-$7
Delaney Dennis R Existing -41-$305
Evoke Wealth LLC NEW +1,175+$1,365
Cozad Asset Management Inc. Existing -114-$1,170
Mawer Investment Management Ltd. Existing +108-$1,599
Suncoast Equity Management Existing -72-$1,023
Klingenstein Fields & Co. LLC Existing -37-$4,176
Bartlett & Co. LLC NEW +24,128+$28,036
Rossmore Private Capital Existing +1,057+$972
Financial Architects Inc Existing +165-$31
Trillium Asset Management LLC Existing +4,351-$5,819
DE Burlo Group Inc. Existing -1,500-$4,201
Checchi Capital Advisers LLC Existing -151-$696
Buckingham Asset Management LLC Existing +140-$2,211
Shepherd Financial Partners LLC Existing +46-$109
Goelzer Investment Management Inc. Existing -8-$207
Matisse Capital NEW +796+$925
Tiedemann Advisors LLC Existing +93-$2,284
Aggregate Change: +30,217+$6,888

In terms of shares owned, we count 8 of the above funds having increased existing GOOGL positions from 12/31/2019 to 03/31/2020, with 9 having decreased their positions and 3 new positions. Worth noting is that Sycale Advisors NY LLC, and Ieq Capital LLC, included in this recent batch of 13F filers, exited GOOGL common stock as of 03/31/2020.

Looking beyond these particular funds in this one batch of most recent filers, we tallied up the GOOGL share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held GOOGL at the 03/31/2020 reporting period (out of the 2,084 we looked at in total). We then compared that number to the sum total of GOOGL shares those same funds held back at the 12/31/2019 period, to see how the aggregate share count held by hedge funds has moved for GOOGL. We found that between these two periods, funds reduced their holdings by 2,536,716 shares in the aggregate, from 51,815,730 down to 49,279,014 for a share count decline of approximately -4.90%. The overall top three funds holding GOOGL on 03/31/2020 were:

»FundShares of GOOGL Held
1.BlackRock Inc. 20,100,166
2.Bank of New York Mellon Corp 3,069,831
3.UBS Group AG 1,837,899
4-10Find out the full Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding GOOGL»

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 Alphabet Inc (GOOGL).

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