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H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:HRB) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. HRB has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with HRB holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HRB to other stocks including Nutanix Inc. (NASDAQ:NTNX), Israel Chemicals Ltd. (NYSE:ICL), and Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the fresh action encompassing H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:HRB).
Hedge fund activity in H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:HRB)
At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -35% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HRB over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine 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, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the number one position in H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:HRB), worth close to $49.4 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, which holds a $33.1 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage 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.