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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Toronto-Dominion Bank (USA) (TD)

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The equity market returns were very disappointing in the third quarter, “thanks” to the slowdown of China’s economy and the weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data. It was not entirely clear whether the broader market sell-off made U.S. equity valuations undervalued, but it definitely made them more attractive. It is worth mentioning that Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the broad-market S&P 500 ETF by more than 14 percentage points during the period of June 25, 2015 through October 30, 2015. This clearly points to the fact that most investors, including hedge fund firms and institutional investors, heavily cut their exposure to high-potential (but seemingly riskier) small-cap stocks during the bloody third quarter. So let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards Toronto-Dominion Bank (USA) (NYSE:TD) and see how it was affected.

Toronto-Dominion Bank (USA) (NYSE:TD) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. 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 China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and UBS AG (USA) (NYSE:UBS) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the fresh action regarding Toronto-Dominion Bank (USA) (NYSE:TD).

What does the smart money think about Toronto-Dominion Bank (USA) (NYSE:TD)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -16% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Tetrem Capital Management, managed by Daniel Bubis, holds the number one position in Toronto-Dominion Bank (USA) (NYSE:TD). Tetrem Capital Management has a $226.2 million position in the stock, comprising 7.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $63.7 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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