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Towers Watson & Co (NASDAQ:TW) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. TW was in 37 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with TW 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 JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU), SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG), and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR) to gather more data points.
Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the recent action regarding Towers Watson & Co (NASDAQ:TW).
Hedge fund activity in Towers Watson & Co (NASDAQ:TW)
At Q3’s end, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 54% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Limited has the number one position in Towers Watson & Co (NASDAQ:TW), worth close to $349.9 million, accounting for 4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Naya Capital, led by Masroor Siddiqui and Bruce Emery, holding a $162.1 million position; 8.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Scott McLellan’s Marble Arch Investments, Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.