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Is TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NYSE:AMTD) from the perspective of those successful funds.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NYSE:AMTD) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. AMTD investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately as there had been 13 funds in our database with AMTD holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AMTD to other stocks, including Grupo Televisa SAB (ADR) (NYSE:TV), American Water Works Co., Inc. (NYSE:AWK), and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NYSE:AMTD)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 31% from the end of June. On the other hand, there were a total of 22 hedge funds with a bullish position in AMTD at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Charles Akre’s Akre Capital Management has the biggest position in TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NYSE:AMTD), worth close to $104.6 million, comprising 2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Andrew Immerman and Jeremy Schiffman’s Palestra Capital Management, with a $42.3 million position; 4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Eli Cohen’s Crescent Park Management and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group. 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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