Gordmans Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMAN) was in 5 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of December. GMAN has seen a decrease in activity from the world's largest hedge funds lately. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with GMAN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, it's important to take a peek at the key action regarding Gordmans Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMAN).
In preparation for this year, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -29% from the previous quarter. With hedgies' sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.
Of the funds we track, Joel Greenblatt's Gotham Asset Management had the most valuable position in Gordmans Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMAN), worth close to $1.7 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by McKinley Capital Management, managed by Robert B. Gillam, which held a $1.5 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Andrew Wallach's Cumberland Associates, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies and Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group.
Because Gordmans Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMAN) has witnessed a declination in interest from the smart money, we can see that there is a sect of hedge funds who were dropping their full holdings in Q4. Interestingly, "Richard S. Meisenberg's ACK Asset Management sold off the biggest position of the 450+ funds we monitor, totaling about $1.7 million in stock., and Andy Redleaf of Whitebox Advisors was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $0.9 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds in Q4.
Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Gordmans Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMAN) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Gordmans Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMAN). These stocks are Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM), Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE:PIR), Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE:RH), Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc. (NYSE:HVT), and Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK). This group of stocks belong to the home furnishing stores industry and their market caps resemble GMAN's market cap.