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Is TreeHouse Foods Inc. (THS) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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We can judge whether TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS) 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.

In TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS)’s case, it looks like hedge funds are in a bearish mood as the number of long bets slid by three during the third quarter. In this way, there were 21 funds in our database bullish on the stock at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare THS to other stocks including Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI), Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS), and People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBCT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the new action encompassing TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS).

Hedge fund activity in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on TreeHouse Foods, down by 13% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in THS over the last five quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management holds the number one position in TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS). Point72 Asset Management has a $98.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, which holds a $62 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions include Philip Hilal’s Clearfield Capital, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Jim Simons’ 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.

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