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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Citi Trends, Inc. (CTRN)

We, at Insider Monkey, have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file with the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) based on that data.

Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article, we will also compare Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) to other stocks, including Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCHN), First Foundation Inc (NASDAQ:FFWM), and Bazaarvoice Inc (NASDAQ:BV) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the latest action surrounding Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN).

Hedge fund activity in Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN)

At the end of September, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 11% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Nantahala Capital Management, managed by Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack, holds the most valuable position in Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN). Nantahala Capital Management has a $10.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, with a $9.8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management and Daniel Lascano’s Lomas Capital Management.

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