Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI)Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. HBI has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with HBI holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI).

What does the smart money think about Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Robert Bishop’s Impala Asset Management had the biggest position in Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI), worth close to $48 million, comprising 2.5% of its total 13F portfolio. On Impala Asset Management’s heels is Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow of Blue Mountain Capital, with a $44 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management, David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Because Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) has faced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there exists a select few funds that decided to sell off their full holdings in Q4. Intriguingly, John Kleinheinz’s Kleinheinz Capital Partners dropped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we track, comprising an estimated $8 million in stock.. Chuck Royce’s fund, Royce & Associates, also sold off its stock, about $6 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Insider trading activity in Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI)

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by our tactics, retail investors must always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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