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Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ:PLCE) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. At the end of this article we will also compare PLCE to other stocks including G&K Services Inc (NASDAQ:GK), Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE:CPPL), and Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:NWBI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the latest action regarding Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ:PLCE).
Hedge fund activity in Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ:PLCE)
At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 24% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the biggest position in Childrens Place Inc (NASDAQ:PLCE), worth close to $80.8 million, comprising 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management, with a $24.4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Doug Gordon, Jon Hilsabeck and Don Jabro’s Shellback Capital, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments and David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management.