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Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (FNP): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?

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Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (NYSE:FNP) was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. FNP shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with FNP holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the key action encompassing Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (NYSE:FNP).

What have hedge funds been doing with Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (NYSE:FNP)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 28 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 33% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners had the largest position in Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (NYSE:FNP), worth close to $99.2 million, accounting for 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Scopus Asset Management, managed by Alexander Mitchell, which held a $95.7 million position; the fund has 2.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital and Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Sigma Capital Management, managed by SAC Subsidiary, assembled the biggest position in Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (NYSE:FNP). Sigma Capital Management had 11.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management also made a $11 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new FNP investors: Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Daniel Lascano’s Lomas Capital Management, and Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments.

What have insiders been doing with Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (NYSE:FNP)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (NYSE:FNP) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc (NYSE:FNP). These stocks are Gildan Activewear Inc (USA) (NYSE:GIL), Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI), Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI), UniFirst Corp (NYSE:UNF), and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM). This group of stocks belong to the textile – apparel clothing industry and their market caps are similar to FNP’s market cap.

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