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Another strong performer this year has been
TE Connectivity (
TEL). Despite being in the middle of a restructuring effort, TEL has still managed to double the broad market's run year-to-date. And hedge funds have been picking up shares as a result; in the last quarter, the early 13F filers increased their stakes in TE Connectivity from just $6 million to $46 million.
TE Connectivity's core business is making electrical connectors. While that may frankly sound a bit boring, there's no reason why boring companies can't provide investors with very exciting stocks. The ubiquity of electronic connectors in so many applications provides a very attractive market for TEL's products, especially as industrial production continues to recover from the lows watermarks of 2008. TEL's restructuring efforts have been a case of short-term pain in exchange for long-term gain; now this stock is starting to see truly improved operational figures.
TEL has done a stellar job of paying down debt and building up its cash position. Today, the firm sports more than $1.2 billion in cash that offsets relatively small leverage for an industrial manufacturing firm. TE Connectivity's cash generation capabilities should continue to reward investors in the last quarter of the year.