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Have Hedge Funds Found A Big Winner in Express, Inc. (EXPR)?

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The elite funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR) a splendid stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund bets increased by 3 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare EXPR to other stocks including Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MCRB), Spartan Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPTN), and CVR Refining LP (NYSE:CVRR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 13% from the previous quarter, as ownership of EXPR among hedgies remains volatile. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Alexander Medina Seaver’s Stadium Capital Management has the biggest position in Express, Inc. (NYSE:EXPR), worth close to $20.6 million, amounting to 6.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On Stadium Capital Management’s heels is Steve Cohen of Point72 Asset Management, with a $19.8 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and John Tompkins’ Tyvor Capital.

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