Fossil Inc (FOSL): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Now that that’s out of the way, it’s important to study the recent info surrounding Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL).

Hedge fund activity in Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL)

Heading into Q3, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital had the largest position in Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL), worth close to $133.2 million, accounting for 3.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, with a $93.9 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Patrick McCormack’s Tiger Consumer Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Larry Robbins’s Glenview Capital.

Since Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the smart money’s best and brightest, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few hedgies who sold off their entire stakes last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management cut the largest position of the 450+ funds we track, comprising about $16.4 million in call options.. Alexander Mitchell’s fund, Scopus Asset Management, also cut its call options., about $14.5 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Insider trading activity in Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL)

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time period, Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Fossil Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL). These stocks are Steinway Musical Instruments Inc (NYSE:LVB), Movado Group, Inc (NYSE:MOV), SHFL entertainment Inc (NASDAQ:SHFL), Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU), and Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC). All of these stocks are in the recreational goods, other industry and their market caps are similar to FOSL’s market cap.

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