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Were Hedge Funds Right About Souring On Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (OHI)?

Reymerlyn Martin

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Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE: OHI ) was in 11 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of December. OHI investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with OHI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that OHI isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds .

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Let's analyze the latest hedge fund action regarding Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE: OHI ).

Hedge fund activity in Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE:OHI)

Heading into the first quarter of 2019, a total of 11 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 OHI over the last 14 quarters. With hedge funds' capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE:OHI), worth close to $90.1 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John Overdeck and David Siegel of Two Sigma Advisors , with a $30.7 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group , D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw and Matthew Hulsizer's PEAK6 Capital Management .

Judging by the fact that Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE:OHI) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, logic holds that there exists a select few fund managers who were dropping their entire stakes by the end of the third quarter. It's worth mentioning that Eduardo Abush's Waterfront Capital Partners sold off the biggest stake of the 700 funds tracked by Insider Monkey, totaling close to $5.5 million in stock. Richard Driehaus's fund, Driehaus Capital , also cut its stock, about $2.9 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE:OHI) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA ), Ubiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ: UBNT ), PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH ), and Western Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: WES ). This group of stocks' market values resemble OHI's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position OKTA,40,672928,8 UBNT,19,387799,3 PVH,35,814656,-9 WES,6,53279,-2 Average,25,482166,0 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $482 million. That figure was $158 million in OHI's case. Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ: OKTA ) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Western Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: WES ) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Omega Healthcare Investors Inc (NYSE:OHI) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. 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 OHI wasn't in this group. Hedge funds that bet on OHI were disappointed as the stock returned 6.5% 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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