Hedge funds emerged as dip buyers through 1Q earnings: Barclays

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Hedge funds emerged as dip buyers through 1Q earnings: Barclays
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Analysts at Barclays said in a research note that hedge funds emerged as dip buyers throughout the first quarter earnings season, while systematic funds rebuilt equity longs post-April sell-off with room to add further.

Elsewhere, the bank revealed that long-only equity exposure is no longer historically extended, retail investor sentiment is on the rise, mutual funds stay heavily overweight big tech while hedge funds lean cyclical.

"The April sell-off reset the extended equity positioning of long-onlys from a post-COVID record to a level slightly below the LT median," said the bank. "The catalyst was macro jitters tied to slowing growth and sticky inflation with a healthy dose of technical and systematic de-risking in the mix, potentially leaving equities on stronger fundamental footing after a solid 1Q24 earnings season."

Accordingly, Barclays notes that hedge funds showed more resilience with no signs of capitulation in reaction to last month's stagflationary scare.

"In fact, we believe better-than-expected earnings appear to have motivated dip buying by hedge funds, especially in the equity futures market," added the bank.

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