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What Successful Hedge Funds Think About Worthington Industries, Inc. (WOR)

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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 Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WOR) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WOR) a first-rate investment right now? Investors who are in the know are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings fell by 2 in recent months. WOR was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with WOR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare WOR to other stocks including Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP), Kate Spade & Co (NYSE:KATE), and Logitech International SA (USA) (NASDAQ:LOGI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WOR)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an 11% decline from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards WOR over the last 5 quarters, which shows that ownership of the stock is still up over the last year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holds the number one position in Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WOR). AQR Capital Management has a $59.2 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $46.9 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions contain Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital 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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