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Hedge Funds Are Selling Off Iconix Brand Group Inc (ICON)

Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks, especially when they are screened well, can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze micro-cap stock Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ:ICON) from their perspective.

Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ:ICON) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. Iconix Brand Group Inc investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with Iconix Brand Group Inc positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare Iconix Brand Group Inc to other stocks including Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC), Fabrinet (NYSE:FN), and WL Ross Holding Corp (NASDAQ:WLRH) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the new action regarding Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ:ICON).

What have hedge funds been doing with Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ:ICON)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a steep 39% fall from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or had already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Joe Huber’s Huber Capital Management has the most valuable position in Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ:ICON), worth close to $75.3 million, accounting for 2.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second-largest stake is held by Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co., with a $42.4 million position; the fund has 1.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management, and Steve Pei’s Gratia Capital.

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