Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE:BURL) is up by 8.05% in trading this morning following the release of strong third quarter earnings results. Revenue for the apparel and accessories retailer grew by 6.2% year-over-year to $1.24 billion, while its earnings per share of $0.25 beat estimates of $0.22. The strong results come after the company posted a loss per share for the third quarter of 2014, signifying impressive improvement in its operational efficiency. After impressive growth from its IPO in October 2013, through March 2015, shares have trended down through the last eight months, which may have prompted more investors to take a look at the stock, as interest in it rose during the third quarter. Let’s see how Burlington Stores was being traded in the third quarter by the pool of talented investors tracked by Insider Monkey in relation to other similarly-sized companies.
Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE:BURL) investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE:BURL) was in 39 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 38 hedge funds in our database with Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE:BURL) positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH), Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE:SNH), and Oceaneering International (NYSE:OII) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s go over the recent action regarding Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE:BURL).
How are hedge funds trading Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE:BURL)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 39 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 3% uptick from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund and institutional investor database, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the largest position in Burlington Stores Inc (NYSE:BURL), worth close to $123.6 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Citadel Investment Group’s heels is Jason Karp’s Tourbillon Capital Partners, with a $72.2 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish contain Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Clifford Fox’s Columbus Circle Investors, and Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management.