Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE:THR) was in 10 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. THR shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest recently. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with THR positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Consequently, it's important to take a glance at the recent action regarding Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE:THR).
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 43% from the first quarter. With hedge funds' capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Sandler Capital Management, managed by Andrew Sandler, holds the most valuable position in Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE:THR). Sandler Capital Management has a $8.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Sandler Capital Management's heels is PEAK6 Capital Management, managed by Matthew Hulsizer, which held a $2.4 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Israel Englander's Millennium Management, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies and Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors.
Now, some big names were leading the bulls' herd. PEAK6 Capital Management, managed by Matthew Hulsizer, established the biggest position in Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE:THR). PEAK6 Capital Management had 2.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies also made a $1.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new THR investors: Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors, Israel Englander's Catapult Capital Management, and Joel Greenblatt's Gotham Asset Management.
Bullish insider trading is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE:THR) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
With the results exhibited by our studies, everyday investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Thermon Group Holdings Inc (NYSE:THR) is an important part of this process.