Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Option Care Health, Inc. (OPCH)

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 873 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds' and investors' portfolio positions as of June 30th. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Option Care Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPCH) based on that data.

Hedge fund interest in Option Care Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPCH) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. Our calculations also showed that OPCH isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings). At the end of this article we will also compare OPCH to other stocks including Sabra Health Care REIT Inc (NASDAQ:SBRA), Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS), and Arconic Corporation (NYSE:ARNC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Do Hedge Funds Think OPCH Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of June, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in OPCH over the last 24 quarters. With hedge funds' capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Park West Asset Management was the largest shareholder of Option Care Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPCH), with a stake worth $131.8 million reported as of the end of June. Trailing Park West Asset Management was Polar Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $49.2 million. Senator Investment Group, Royce & Associates, and Duquesne Capital were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Park West Asset Management allocated the biggest weight to Option Care Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPCH), around 3.76% of its 13F portfolio. Pinz Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, setting aside 1.51 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to OPCH.

Seeing as Option Care Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPCH) has experienced a decline in interest from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there were a few money managers that slashed their entire stakes in the second quarter. Intriguingly, Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal's Luminus Management cut the biggest investment of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $27.3 million in stock. Anand Parekh's fund, Alyeska Investment Group, also dumped its stock, about $4.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Option Care Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPCH). These stocks are Sabra Health Care REIT Inc (NASDAQ:SBRA), Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS), Arconic Corporation (NYSE:ARNC), Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY), Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:BHF), ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD), and Cushman & Wakefield plc (NYSE:CWK). All of these stocks' market caps are similar to OPCH's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position SBRA,14,100037,-7 GKOS,19,51490,1 ARNC,30,1000061,4 KFY,21,247721,5 BHF,26,494240,-2 ACAD,21,1390015,-12 CWK,23,245483,4 Average,22,504150,-1 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 22 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $504 million. That figure was $343 million in OPCH's case. Arconic Corporation (NYSE:ARNC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Sabra Health Care REIT Inc (NASDAQ:SBRA) is the least popular one with only 14 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Option Care Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPCH) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for OPCH is 85. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks returned 24.9% in 2021 through October 15th but still managed to beat the market by 4.5 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on OPCH as the stock returned 11.8% since the end of June (through 10/15) and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

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