Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NUS): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS)

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What’s more, we’re going to examine the recent info for Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 31% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS). Royce & Associates has a $419.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $39.9 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

As aggregate interest spiked, certain money managers have jumped into Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS) headfirst. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, assembled the biggest position in Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS). Royce & Associates had 419.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $39.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero 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 Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS). These stocks are Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAR), Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR), Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), and Revlon Inc (NYSE:REV). All of these stocks are in the personal products industry and their market caps resemble NUS’s market cap.

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