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Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. 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 Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE), EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR), and Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action encompassing Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS).
How have hedgies been trading Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -7% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw has the largest position in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS), worth close to $110.3 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Glenhill Advisors, managed by Glenn J. Krevlin, which holds a $94.6 million position; the fund has 5.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions encompass Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and John Lykouretzos’ Hoplite Capital Management.