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Should You Buy Lennox International Inc. (LII)?

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Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII) .

Is Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII) ready to rally soon? Hedge funds are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund investments increased by 1 in recent months. LII was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September.  There were 15 hedge funds in our database with LII positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LII to other stocks including Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE:RGA), Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ:MELI), and Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 7% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 20 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in LII heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the biggest position in Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII), worth close to $42.4 million. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Andrew Sandler of Sandler Capital Management, with a $14.8 million position; 1.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus 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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