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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (TR)

Abigail Fisher

Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings submitted by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds' portfolio positions as of December 31st, 2018. In this article we are going to take a look at smart money sentiment towards Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR).

Is Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR) a worthy investment now? Prominent investors are getting less bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions shrunk by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that TR isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. TR was in 11 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with TR positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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We're going to review the fresh hedge fund action regarding Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR).

Hedge fund activity in Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR)

At Q4's end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -8% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 13 hedge funds with a bullish position in TR a year ago. So, let's find out 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, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the largest position in Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR). GAMCO Investors has a $33.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. On GAMCO Investors's heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $27.3 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish include Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies, John D. Gillespie's Prospector Partners and Scott Wallace's Wallace Capital Management.

Due to the fact that Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR) has experienced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, it's easy to see that there were a few fund managers who sold off their entire stakes in the third quarter. Interestingly, Noam Gottesman's GLG Partners dumped the biggest investment of the 700 funds tracked by Insider Monkey, worth an estimated $1 million in stock, and Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds in the third quarter.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR). These stocks are Phibro Animal Health Corp (NASDAQ:PAHC), La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB), U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE:USPH), and Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (NYSE:DO). This group of stocks' market caps are closest to TR's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position PAHC,20,55784,-1 LZB,17,59788,0 USPH,11,87506,-1 DO,16,40456,-3 Average,16,60884,-1.25 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $61 million. That figure was $81 million in TR's case. Phibro Animal Health Corp (NASDAQ:PAHC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE:USPH) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TR) is even less popular than USPH. Hedge funds dodged a bullet by taking a bearish stance towards TR. Our calculations showed that the top 15 most popular hedge fund stocks returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Unfortunately TR wasn't nearly as popular as these 15 stock (hedge fund sentiment was very bearish); TR investors were disappointed as the stock returned 16.2% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market this year.

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

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