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Do Hedge Funds Love bebe stores, inc. (BEBE)?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE).

Is bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE) an exceptional investment today? The smart money is reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions dropped by 5 recently. It might not come as a surprise, considering that the shares of bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE) dropped 53% in the last quarter. While one may find a correlation between both, but it’s hard to validate the same; so, we’ll focus on hedge funds that held stakes in the company 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 Universal Stainless & Alloy Products (NASDAQ:USAP), Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLF), and Yingli Green Energy Hold. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:YGE) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s go over the recent action surrounding bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE).

How have hedgies been trading bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 56% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Prentice Capital Management, managed by Michael Zimmerman, holds the most valuable position in bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE). Prentice Capital Management has a $2 million position in the stock, comprising 7.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which holds a $1.3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Renaissance Technologies, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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