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Is Citi Trends, Inc. (CTRN) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. CTRN was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with CTRN positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Nam Tai Property Inc (NYSE:NTP), Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ:DGII), and Paratek Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:PRTK) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 44% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CTRN over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack’s  Nantahala Capital Management holds the biggest position in Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN). Nantahala Capital Management has a $23.8 million position in the stock, comprising 2.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $4.5 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish comprise D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies. We should note that Nantahala Capital Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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