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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Aeropostale, Inc. (ARO)

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Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. Investors who are in the know will not be surprised with a bearish hedge fund outlook, as the shares of Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO) lost 61.73% value during the third quarter. In order to understand more about the hedge fund sentiment, we will cover hedge funds that held positions in Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO), at the end of the previous quarter.

At the end of this article, we will also compare Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO) to other stocks, including Cosi Inc (NASDAQ:COSI), CHC Group Ltd (NYSE:HELI), and Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the key action regarding Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO).

What have hedge funds been doing with Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decrease of 40% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich’s Scopia Capital has the biggest position in Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO), worth close to $6.1 million, corresponding to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Elm Ridge Capital, managed by Ron Gutfleish, which holds a $2 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Renaissance Technologies, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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