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Timkensteel Corp (NYSE:TMST) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. TMST was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with TMST positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TMST to other stocks including Harmonic Inc (NASDAQ:HLIT), Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR), and Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to review the latest action encompassing Timkensteel Corp (NYSE:TMST).
What have hedge funds been doing with Timkensteel Corp (NYSE:TMST)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a plunge of 37% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TMST over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, D E Shaw, one of the world’s biggest hedge funds, has the most valuable position in Timkensteel Corp (NYSE:TMST), worth close to $9.8 million, accounting for less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Beddow Capital Management, led by Ed Beddow and William Tichy, which holds a $7.8 million position; the fund has 3.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Howard Guberman’s Gruss Asset Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies. 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.