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What’s more, we’re going to analyze the newest info surrounding Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS).
What have hedge funds been doing with Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS)?
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -30% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.
According to our 13F database, Blue Harbour Group, managed by Clifton S. Robbins, holds the most valuable position in Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS). Blue Harbour Group has a $137.8 million position in the stock, comprising 10.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Tiger Consumer Management, managed by Patrick McCormack, which held a $75.2 million position; 2.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.
Since Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) has faced a fall in interest from the top-tier hedge fund industry, we can see that there were a few hedgies that decided to sell off their full holdings in Q1. At the top of the heap, Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors dropped the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, comprising about $44.5 million in stock. Peter Rathjens Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s fund, Arrowstreet Capital, also dropped its stock, about $29.3 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 8 funds in Q1.
How are insiders trading Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS)?
Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS). These stocks are American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES), The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE), Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA), and DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW). This group of stocks are in the apparel stores industry and their market caps match CHS’s market cap.