Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF)?

Is Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) a buy right now? The best stock pickers are in a bullish mood. The number of long hedge fund positions improved by 2 in recent months.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the key action encompassing Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF).

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

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 8% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Trian Partners, managed by Nelson Peltz, holds the biggest position in Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF). Trian Partners has a $58 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Scout Capital Management, managed by James Crichton and Adam Weiss, which held a $42 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Moore Global Investments, managed by Louis Bacon, created the largest call position in Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF). Moore Global Investments had 11 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group also initiated a $8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management, and Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management.

How have insiders been trading Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 11 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results exhibited by our time-tested strategies, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) is no exception.

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