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Vince Holding Corp (VNCE): Hedge Funds Keep Heading Elsewhere

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE).

Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. VNCE has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with VNCE positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare VNCE to other stocks including CNinsure Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CISG), TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSEAMEX:TA), and Phoenix New Media Ltd ADR (NYSE:FENG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 7% drop from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards VNCE over the last 5 quarters, which has generally been negative. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management has the largest position in Vince Holding Corp (NYSE:VNCE), worth close to $7.1 million. Coming in second is Joel Ramin of 12 West Capital Management, with a $7 million position; 1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management, and Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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