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Here’s What This Metric Says about Textron Inc. (TXT)

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We can judge whether Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) is a good investment right now by following the lead of some of the best investors in the world and piggybacking their ideas. There’s no better way to get these firms’ immense resources and analytical capabilities working for us than to follow their lead into their best ideas. While not all of these picks will be winners, research shows that these picks historically outperformed the market when we factor in known risk factors.

So, is Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) a bargain? It looks  like prominent investors are getting less bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions dropped by 10 during the third quarter. In this way, there were 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey holding shares of Textron at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare TXT to other stocks including Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK), and Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the key action regarding Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT).

How are hedge funds trading Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Textron, down by 37% from the end of June. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TXT over the last five quarters. So, let’s find out 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 publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management holds the most valuable position in Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $96.6 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, with an $86.2 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Christopher A. Winham’s Tide Point Capital. 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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