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Is Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Before we spend days researching a stock idea we’d like to take a look at how hedge funds and billionaire investors recently traded that stock. S&P 500 Index returned about 7.6% during the last 12 months ending November 21, 2016. Most investors don’t notice that less than 49% of the stocks in the index outperformed the index. This means you (or a monkey throwing a dart) have less than an even chance of beating the market by randomly picking a stock. On the other hand, the top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds had an average return of 18% during the same period. Hedge funds had bad stock picks like everyone else. We are sure you have read about their worst picks, like Valeant, in the media over the past year. So, taking cues from hedge funds isn’t a foolproof strategy, but it seems to work on average. In this article, we will take a look at what hedge funds think about Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN).

Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. TXN was in 37 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with TXN 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 Canon Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:CAJ), Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN), and Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the new action surrounding Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN).

Hedge fund activity in Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up 19% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management has the largest position in Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN), worth close to $190.9 million and comprising 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $112.1 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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