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Is Texas Pacific Land Trust (TPL) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE:TPL) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE:TPL) going to take off soon? At the end of September, seven funds tracked by us amassed long positions in the company. 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 MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR), Deckers Outdoor Corp (NASDAQ:DECK), and Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE:FIG) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action surrounding Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE:TPL).

What have hedge funds been doing with Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE:TPL)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock. Let’s take a closer look at some funds that ranked among the largest shareholders of the company.

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Horizon Asset Management, led by Murray Stahl, holds the largest position in Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE:TPL). Horizon Asset Management has a $402.8 million position in the stock, comprising 11.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Horizon Asset Management’s heels is Arbiter Partners Capital Management, led by Paul J. Isaac, holding a $35.4 million position; the fund has 4.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Ed Beddow and William Tichy’s Beddow Capital Management, Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management, and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management. We should note that Arbiter Partners Capital Management is 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.

On the next page, we are going to see how TPL stacks up against four other companies with similar market caps.

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