Is 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM is a specialty retailer, whose stock embarked on a downtrend at the beginning of July and has lost around 21% since then. Moreover, it has witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in the third quarter. However, he level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Avianca Holdings SA (ADR) (NYSE:AVH), WCI Communities Inc (NYSE:WCIC), and H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:HEES) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the latest action encompassing 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS).
What does the smart money think about 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 45% over the quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Third Avenue Management, managed by Martin Whitman, holds the largest position in 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS). Third Avenue Management has a $5.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Third Avenue Management’s heels is GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, which holds a $5.9 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.