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Hedge Funds Are Selling TFS Financial Corporation (TFSL)

Nina Todic

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and successful value investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds' and successful investors' positions as of the end of the second quarter. You can find write-ups about an individual hedge fund's trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves and analyze what the smart money thinks of TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL) based on that data.

TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. TFSL was in 5 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2019. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with TFSL positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that TFSL isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Unlike some fund managers who are betting on Dow reaching 40000 in a year, our long-short investment strategy doesn't rely on bull markets to deliver double digit returns. We only rely on hedge fund buy/sell signals. Let's check out the new hedge fund action surrounding TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL).

What have hedge funds been doing with TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL)?

Heading into the third quarter of 2019, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -29% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TFSL over the last 16 quarters. With hedgies' sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with TFSL Positions

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies holds the biggest position in TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL). Renaissance Technologies has a $118.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Empyrean Capital Partners, managed by Michael A. Price and Amos Meron, which holds a $32.3 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management, D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw and Claes Fornell's CSat Investment Advisory.

Since TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL) has faced declining sentiment from the smart money, we can see that there was a specific group of hedge funds who were dropping their positions entirely by the end of the second quarter. At the top of the heap, Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group cut the largest investment of the "upper crust" of funds watched by Insider Monkey, worth close to $2.4 million in stock, and David Harding's Winton Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $0.5 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds by the end of the second quarter.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL). These stocks are Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTNX), Emcor Group Inc (NYSE:EME), Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO), and CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT). This group of stocks' market values are similar to TFSL's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position NTNX,25,643924,-11 EME,22,351468,-4 FLO,22,201700,4 CIT,25,878786,0 Average,23.5,518970,-2.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $519 million. That figure was $153 million in TFSL's case. Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTNX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Emcor Group Inc (NYSE:EME) is the least popular one with only 22 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks TFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TFSL) is even less popular than EME. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards TFSL. Our calculations showed that the top 20 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 24.4% in 2019 through September 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 4 percentage points. Unfortunately TFSL wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); TFSL investors were disappointed as the stock returned 1.3% during the third quarter and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks (view the video below) among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in 2019. Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

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Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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