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Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:THR) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of December. THR investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with THR holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that THR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s review the latest hedge fund action regarding Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:THR).
How are hedge funds trading Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:THR)?
At Q4’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -30% from the second quarter of 2018. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in THR over the last 14 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:THR) was held by Rutabaga Capital Management, which reported holding $10.5 million worth of stock at the end of December. It was followed by Renaissance Technologies with a $9.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Impax Asset Management, D E Shaw, and Citadel Investment Group.
Judging by the fact that Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:THR) has faced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there exists a select few hedge funds that elected to cut their entire stakes in the third quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital cut the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, worth close to $2.7 million in stock, and Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $0.3 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds in the third quarter.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:THR) but similarly valued. These stocks are TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (NYSE:TLP), Kornit Digital Ltd. (NASDAQ:KRNT), Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI), and Vista Outdoor Inc (NYSE:VSTO). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to THR’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 10.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $34 million. That figure was $29 million in THR’s case. Kornit Digital Ltd. (NASDAQ:KRNT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (NYSE:TLP) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:THR) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on THR as the stock returned 29.4% and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.
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