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Is TransUnion (TRU) A Good Stock To Buy?

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At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. TRU was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with TRU 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 Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:KGC), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (NYSE:JEC), and The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTI) to gather more data points.

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What does the smart money think about TransUnion (NYSE:TRU)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 33% rise from the second quarter of 2016. Hedge fund ownership of the stock has more than doubled over the past three quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital has the most valuable position in TransUnion (NYSE:TRU), worth close to $90.4 million, comprising 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Junto Capital Management, managed by James Parsons, which holds a $65.3 million position; the fund has 8.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Benjamin A. Smith’s Laurion Capital Management, and D E Shaw.

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