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Is Tronox Ltd (TROX) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Tronox Ltd (NYSE:TROX).

Tronox Ltd (NYSE:TROX) investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with TROX positions at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare TROX to other stocks including Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT), Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA), and Caleres Inc (NYSE:CAL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the fresh action surrounding Tronox Ltd (NYSE:TROX).

What have hedge funds been doing with Tronox Ltd (NYSE:TROX)?

At the end of September, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, which represents an increase of 28% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in TROX heading into this year. 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 Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Debra Fine’s Fine Capital Partners has the biggest position in Tronox Ltd (NYSE:TROX), worth close to $50.2 million, corresponding to 5.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On Fine Capital Partners’s heels is Gregg J. Powers’ Private Capital Management, with a $23.1 million position; 3.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism comprise Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital, Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital, and Israel Englander’s Millennium 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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