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Is Signet Jewelers Ltd. (SIG) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG) a buy?

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Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss the latest info surrounding Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG).

How have hedgies been trading Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 4% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG)According to our 13F database, Crispin Odey’s Odey Asset Management Group had the biggest position in Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG), worth close to $218.1 million, comprising 8.5% of its total 13F portfolio. On Odey Asset Management Group’s heels is Select Equity Group, managed by Robert Joseph Caruso, which held a $201.3 million position; the fund has 2.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Limited, Natixis Global Asset Management’s Harris Associates and Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC.

As aggregate interest spiked, certain money managers have been driving this bullishness. Odey Asset Management Group, managed by Crispin Odey, initiated the most outsized position in Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG). Odey Asset Management Group had 218.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group also initiated a $201.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Limited, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, and David Gallo’s Valinor Management LLC.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 12 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG). These stocks are Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTHR), Zale Corporation (NYSE:ZLC), Blue Nile Inc (NASDAQ:NILE), Luxottica Group SpA (ADR) (NYSE:LUX), and Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF). This group of stocks are in the jewelry stores industry and their market caps are closest to SIG’s market cap.

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