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Frontline Ltd. (NYSE:FRO) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with FRO positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Quotient Technology Inc(NYSE:QUOT), Trade Desk Inc (NASDAQ:TTD), and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl Ltd (NYSE:MPSX) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the latest action regarding Frontline Ltd. (NYSE:FRO).
How have hedgies been trading Frontline Ltd. (NYSE:FRO)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FRO heading into this year. So, let’s find out 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, Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial holds the number one position in Frontline Ltd. (NYSE:FRO). QVT Financial has a $2.9 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management holding a $2.3 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world. 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.