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Hedge Funds Are Buying Macy’s, Inc. (M)

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their September 30 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) for your portfolio? We’ll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.

Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. 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 BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRN), Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ:SIAL) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s check out the key action encompassing Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M).

What have hedge funds been doing with Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 67 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 10% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jeffrey Smith’s Starboard Value LP has the number one position in Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), worth close to $167.4 million, accounting for 3.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is HG Vora Capital Management, led by Parag Vora, holding a $124.5 million position; 14.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Mark T. Gallogly’s Centerbridge Partners and Thomas Ellis and Todd Hammer’s North Run Capital.

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