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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Valhi, Inc. (VHI)

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Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings made by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we are going to take a look at smart money sentiment towards Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI).

Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. VHI has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with VHI positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare VHI to other stocks, including Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ:WIN), Universal Electronics Inc (NASDAQ:UEIC), and IAMGOLD Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IAG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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If you’d ask most stock holders, hedge funds are assumed to be underperforming, old financial vehicles of years past. While there are greater than an 8000 funds in operation today, We choose to focus on the leaders of this group, about 700 funds. It is estimated that this group of investors administer most of the hedge fund industry’s total capital, and by watching their highest performing equity investments, Insider Monkey has deciphered numerous investment strategies that have historically outperformed the broader indices. Insider Monkey’s small-cap hedge fund strategy exceeded the S&P 500 index by 12 percentage points per annum for a decade in their back tests.

Now, we’re going to check out the recent action surrounding Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI).

How are hedge funds trading Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -33% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management has the biggest position in Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI), worth close to $0.3 million, amounting to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Force Capital, led by Robert Jaffe, holding a $0.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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