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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About AMERCO (UHAL)

Nina Todic

Does AMERCO (NASDAQ: UHAL ) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on satellite photos and other research activities, so it is no wonder why they tend to generate millions in profits each year. It is also true that some hedge fund players fail inconceivably on some occasions, but net net their stock picks have been generating superior risk-adjusted returns on average over the years.

AMERCO (NASDAQ: UHAL ) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world's most elite money managers lately. Our calculations also showed that UHAL isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds .

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We're going to review the fresh hedge fund action regarding AMERCO (NASDAQ: UHAL ).

How have hedgies been trading AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL)?

At Q4's end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -13% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards UHAL over the last 14 quarters. With the smart money's positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Among these funds, Abrams Capital Management held the most valuable stake in AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL), which was worth $189 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Yacktman Asset Management which amassed $54.4 million worth of shares. Moreover, AQR Capital Management, Third Avenue Management, and Indaba Capital Management were also bullish on AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Seeing as AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) has witnessed falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there was a specific group of funds who were dropping their positions entirely last quarter. Interestingly, Amit Nitin Doshi's Harbor Spring Capital dumped the largest position of all the hedgies monitored by Insider Monkey, totaling close to $41.4 million in stock. Ken Griffin's fund, Citadel Investment Group , also sold off its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds last quarter.

Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL). These stocks are Unum Group (NYSE: UNM ), KAR Auction Services Inc (NYSE: KAR ), Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ: Z ), and Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE: BAH ). This group of stocks' market caps resemble UHAL's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position UNM,25,291468,0 KAR,34,573718,6 Z,23,567162,1 BAH,26,215892,4 Average,27,412060,2.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 27 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $412 million. That figure was $348 million in UHAL's case. KAR Auction Services Inc (NYSE: KAR ) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ: Z ) is the least popular one with only 23 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) is even less popular than Z. Considering that hedge funds aren't fond of this stock in relation to other companies analyzed in this article, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and understand why the smart money isn't behind this stock. This isn't necessarily bad news. Although it is possible that hedge funds may think the stock is overpriced and view the stock as a short candidate, they may not be very familiar with the bullish thesis. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 21.3% through April 8th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 5 percentage points. Unfortunately UHAL wasn't in this group. Hedge funds that bet on UHAL were disappointed as the stock returned 12.6% 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 12 of these outperformed the market.

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

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