Hedge Funds Are Dumping Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH)

Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. COH has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 35 hedge funds in our database with COH holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the key action surrounding Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH).

Hedge fund activity in Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH)

In preparation for this year, a total of 27 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -23% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Discovery Capital Management, managed by Rob Citrone, holds the biggest position in Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH). Discovery Capital Management has a $104 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Discovery Capital Management’s heels is Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, with a $87 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that are bullish include Christopher MedlockáJames’s Partner Fund Management, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group and Jorge Paulo Lemann’s 3G Capital.

Because Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) has experienced falling interest from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there were a few hedge funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies dumped the largest position of the 450+ funds we monitor, valued at close to $45 million in stock.. Steven Cohen’s fund, SAC Capital Advisors, also said goodbye to its call options., about $31 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 8 funds last quarter.

How are insiders trading Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results demonstrated by our strategies, retail investors should always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) is an important part of this process.

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