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Tiffany & Co. (TIF): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Billionaire hedge fund managers such as Steve Cohen and Stan Druckenmiller can generate millions or even billions of dollars every year by pinning down high-potential small-cap stocks and pouring cash into these candidates. Small-cap stocks are overlooked by most investors, brokerage houses, and financial services hubs, while the unlimited research abilities of the big players within the hedge fund industry can easily identify the undervalued and high-potential stocks that reside the ignored corners of equity markets. There are numerous small-cap stocks that have turned out to be great winners, which is one of the main reasons the Insider Monkey team pays close attention to the hedge fund activity in relation to these stocks.

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. TIF shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 26 hedge funds in our database with TIF holdings 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 F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), PVH Corp (NYSE:PVH), and Marine Harvest ASA (NYSE:MHG) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s analyze the fresh action regarding Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF).

How are hedge funds trading Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 27% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Charles de Vaulx’s International Value Advisers has the number one position in Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF), worth close to $82.4 million and comprising 2.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On International Value Advisers’s heels is Manikay Partners, managed by Shane Finemore, which holds a $72.6 million position; 3.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments, and Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group.

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