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Is Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE) a buy right now? The smart money is getting more bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions improved by 1 lately. VNCE was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with VNCE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare VNCE to other stocks, including Liberator Medical Holdings Inc (NYSEMKT:LBMH), Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Inc (NASDAQ:WHLR), and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ZYNE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the recent action surrounding Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE).
Hedge fund activity in Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE)
Heading into Q4, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 6% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Steven Boyd’s Armistice Capital has the number one position in Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE), worth close to $5.3 million, amounting to 1.8% of its total 13F portfolio. On Armistice Capital’s heels is Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, with a $2.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.