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Is Littelfuse, Inc. (LFUS) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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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 Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) .

Hedge fund interest in Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare LFUS to other stocks including SLM Corp (NASDAQ:SLM), Columbia Property Trust Inc (NYSE:CXP), and Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WOR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s analyze the recent action surrounding Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards LFUS over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine 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 publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ariel Investments, led by John W. Rogers, holds the biggest position in Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $76.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, with a $55.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Andrew Sandler’s Sandler 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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