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L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LLL) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. LLL was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with LLL positions 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 Pentair, Ltd. Registered Share (NYSE:PNR), Macerich Co (NYSE:MAC), and Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LLL).
How have hedgies been trading L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LLL)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up 3% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in LLL over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holds the biggest position in L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LLL). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $275.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Discovery Capital Management, led by Rob Citrone, holding a $69.6 million position; the fund has 1.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Glenn J. Krevlin’s Glenhill Advisors and Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors. 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.