Is Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE:RL) a splendid investment today? Prominent investors are getting less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets stayed the same which is a slightly negative development in our experience
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Consequently, let's take a peek at the key action surrounding Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE:RL).
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With the smart money's positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.
Of the funds we track, Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, holds the largest position in Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE:RL). Lone Pine Capital has a $534.4 million position in the stock, comprising 2.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Lone Pine Capital's heels is Blue Ridge Capital, managed by John Griffin, which held a $277.7 million position; the fund has 3.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Bain Capital's Brookside Capital, Lee Ainslie's Maverick Capital and Panayotis Takis Sparaggis's Alkeon Capital Management.
Since Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE:RL) has witnessed a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it's easy to see that there were a few hedge funds who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. It's worth mentioning that Eric Mindich's Eton Park Capital dumped the largest investment of the "upper crust" of funds we track, valued at about $75 million in stock., and Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin of Senator Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $75 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE:RL) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE:RL). These stocks are Gildan Activewear Inc (USA) (NYSE:GIL), Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA), Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU), PVH Corp (NYSE:PVH), and V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC). This group of stocks are in the textile - apparel clothing industry and their market caps match RL's market cap.