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Is Leggett & Platt, Inc. (LEG) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG).

Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest recently. LEG was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with LEG 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 Gildan Activewear Inc (USA) (NYSE:GIL), Fluor Corporation (NEW) (NYSE:FLR), and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) to gather more data points.

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How are hedge funds trading Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 40% burst from the previous quarter, though ownership remained below its level of a year earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the largest position in Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG), worth close to $46 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is John Overdeck and David Siegel of Two Sigma Advisors, with an $11.2 million position. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

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