Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN)?

Is Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN) a healthy stock for your portfolio? The smart money is in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions were trimmed by 1 lately.

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Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN)Equally as important, bullish insider trading sentiment is a second way to break down the financial markets. Just as you'd expect, there are a variety of reasons for an insider to drop shares of his or her company, but only one, very obvious reason why they would initiate a purchase. Several empirical studies have demonstrated the market-beating potential of this tactic if investors know what to do (learn more here).

Now, it's important to take a peek at the key action surrounding Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN).

How have hedgies been trading Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN)?

At year's end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -5% from the third quarter. With hedge funds' sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies had the biggest position in Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN), worth close to $33 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Brett Barakett of Tremblant Capital, with a $28 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish include Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors, David Keidan's Buckingham Capital Management and D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw.

Due to the fact that Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN) has faced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, we can see that there was a specific group of hedgies that elected to cut their positions entirely heading into 2013. It's worth mentioning that Joe DiMenna's ZWEIG DIMENNA PARTNERS dropped the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we monitor, totaling close to $19 million in stock., and Malcolm Fairbairn of Ascend Capital was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $8 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds heading into 2013.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we're looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by Insider Monkey's time-tested strategies, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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