Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) in this article.
Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest recently. THO was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with THO positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare THO to other stocks including Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IONS), LATAM Airlines Group SA (ADR) (NYSE:LFL), and Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:ENH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 9% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in THO at the beginning of 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.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO). Royce & Associates has a $124.2 million position in the stock. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, which holds a $46.3 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Doug Gordon, Jon Hilsabeck and Don Jabro’s Shellback Capital, and Michael O’Keefe’s 12th Street Asset Management. We should note that 12th Street Asset Management is 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.