New York & Company, Inc. (NWY): Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?

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New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY)New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. NWY has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with NWY positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY).

How have hedgies been trading New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -11% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Thomas Ellis and Todd Hammer’s North Run Capital had the largest position in New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY), worth close to $20.5 million, accounting for 2.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cannell Capital, managed by J. Carlo Cannell, which held a $5.3 million position; the fund has 3.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Judging by the fact that New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) has faced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there exists a select few money managers that decided to sell off their entire stakes in Q1. Intriguingly, David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management cut the biggest position of the 450+ funds we track, worth an estimated $2.5 million in stock., and Mark N. Diker of Diker Management was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.8 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds in Q1.

What have insiders been doing with New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to New York & Company, Inc. (NYSE:NWY). These stocks are bebe stores, inc. (NASDAQ:BEBE), Destination Maternity Corp (NASDAQ:DEST), Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE:CBK), The Wet Seal, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTSL), and Destination XL Group Inc (NASDAQ:DXLG). This group of stocks belong to the apparel stores industry and their market caps resemble NWY’s market cap.

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