Do Hedge Funds Love Avon Products, Inc. (AVP)?

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Is Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP) undervalued? Investors who are in the know are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 1 in recent months. AVP was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with AVP 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 South State Corporation (NASDAQ:SSB), Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB), and LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s go over the latest action surrounding Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP).

What does the smart money think about Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up 4% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Yacktman Asset Management, managed by Donald Yacktman, holds the biggest position in Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $129.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Yacktman Asset Management’s heels is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holding a $48.9 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include James A. Mitarotonda’s Barington Capital Group, Gabriel Plotkin’s Melvin Capital Management and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.