Funds Added To WRK Positions

At Holdings Channel, we reviewed 2,365 13F filers for the reporting period of 03/31/2022 and examined the various constituents of the S&P 500 held by each of these reporting hedge funds and other 13F filers. For each component, we have totaled the number of shares held in all of these funds. Then, we went back to the period of 31/12/2021 and performed the same exercise for each of these 2,365 funds. By comparing the same group over the two periods, we can see which components of the S&P 500, overall, these particular funds have been buying and selling.

One component that stands out with notable buys is WestRock Co (Ticker: WRK). Let’s clarify before we go any further that 13F filings don’t tell the whole story, as these funds are only required to disclose their long positions with the SEC, but are not required to disclose their short posts. A fund making a bearish bet against a stock by selling short calls, for example, could also be long a certain amount of stock as it trades around its overall bearish position. This long component could appear in a 13F record and everyone could assume the fund is bullish, but that only tells part of the story. because the bearish/short side of the position is not visible.

However, we believe that looking groups 13F filings can be an interesting exercise, especially when comparing one holding period to another. So let’s take a look at the evolution of WRK positions in this group of 2,365 funds that we reviewed that filed for the period of 3/31/2022, compared to their report of 12/31/2021. We found that between these two periods, the funds increased their holdings by a total of 8,963,348 shares, from 18,939,495 to 27,902,843 for an increase in the number of shares of approximately 47.33%.

The three main funds holding WRK as of 03/31/2022 were:

We will continue to track the latest 13F filings by fund managers and bring you interesting stories derived from a look at aggregate information across manager groups between filing periods. Although reviewing individual 13F returns can sometimes be misleading due to the lengthy nature of the information, the total sum on groups funds from one reporting period to the next can be much more revealing and relevant, providing interesting stock ideas that merit further research, such as WestRock Co (Ticker: WRK).

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