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Do Hedge Funds Love TFS Financial Corporation (TFSL)?

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TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. TFSL was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with TFSL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as NewMarket Corporation (NYSE:NEU), H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), and Nutanix Inc. (NASDAQ:NTNX) to gather more data points.

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What does the smart money think about TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 20% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in TFSL at the beginning of this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL). Renaissance Technologies has a $101 million position in the stock. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Michael A. Price and Amos Meron of Empyrean Capital Partners, with a $41.2 million position; 2.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish contain Emanuel J. Friedman’s EJF Capital, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Cliff Asness’  AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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