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Tiffany & Co. (TIF)’s Weak Quarter Taking the Sparkle Off Its Shares

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Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIFreported soft earnings for the first quarter this morning, with the company delivering EPS of $0.64 on revenue of $891.3 million for the quarter, missing estimates by $0.04 and $23.64 million respectively. Sales fell by 7.4% year-over-year as comparable-store sales dropped by 9% year-over-year. Net sales were lower in all regions except Japan. In better news however, gross margin rose to 61.2% from 59.1% and the company bought back $78 million of its stock during the quarter. As of April 30, the company had $416 million available for repurchases. Lastly, management’s outlook was soft, with them forecasting full-year earnings to suffer a dip in the mid-single digit-range, percentage-wise, from 2015’s earnings. Shares of the company are off by 1.69% in morning trading.

Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. TIF was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2016. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with TIF positions 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 Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE:TKC), Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE:IPG), and KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) to gather more data points.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Shane Finemore’s Manikay Partners has the most valuable position in Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF), worth close to $73.4 million, accounting for 4.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $28.5 million position; 0.1% of his firm’s 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Kerr Neilson’s Platinum Asset Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, and Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company.

On the next page we’ll look at some funds that moved out of positions in Tiffany & Co. during Q1, as well as compare the stock to a handful of others with similar market caps.

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