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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (PSUN)

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After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from the more than 700 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN).

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest recently as the stock has plunged by over 54% in the last three months. Still, PSUN was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September and later on we will discuss in more detail which funds chose to stick to their holdings, and which investors opted to flee the stock. Moreover, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Paragon Offshore PLC (NYSE:PGN), Amedica Corporation (NASDAQ:AMDA), and ParkerVision, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRKR) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the key action surrounding Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN).

What have hedge funds been doing with Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN)?

At the Q3’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decline of 30% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the number one position in Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN), which was worth $3.2 million at the end of September. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, which holds a $0.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Richard Mashaal’s Rima Senvest Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Michael Zimmerman’s Prentice Capital Management.

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