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LegacyTexas Financial Group Inc (LTXB): Why Are Hedge Funds Snapping Up This Stock?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on LegacyTexas Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:LTXB).

LegacyTexas Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:LTXB) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest recently. 17 hedge funds that we track were long the stock on September 30. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with LTXB 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 YY Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:YY), KB Home (NYSE:KBH), and Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with LegacyTexas Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:LTXB)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 31% boost from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of just 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in LTXB at the beginning of this year, as hedge funds have piled into the stock in 2016. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in LegacyTexas Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:LTXB), worth close to $32.8 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Millennium Management, founded by Israel Englander, holding a $25.4 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Sharif Siddiqui’s Alpenglow Capital, and William Black’s Consector 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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