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Helen of Troy Limited (HELE): 73% Surge in Smart Money Ownership; What’s Going On Here?

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Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. 19 hedge funds that we track were long the stock on September 30. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with HELE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HELE to other stocks including Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRZO), Care Capital Properties Inc (NYSE:CCP), and Virgin America Inc (NASDAQ:VA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a jump of 73% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in HELE at the beginning of this year, which fell to 11 by the year’s midpoint. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management holds the largest position in Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) which has a $45.4 million position in the stock. On Fisher Asset Management’s heels is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, with a $16.8 million position. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Parsa Kiai’s Steamboat Capital Partners, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, 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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