Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. This time it may be different. During the third quarter we observed increased volatility and small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they are cutting their overall exposure, closing out some position and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. KORS investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 39 hedge funds in our database with KORS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare KORS to other stocks including Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc – Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:JAZZ), Towers Watson & Co (NYSE:TW), and JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s analyze the latest action surrounding Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS).
What have hedge funds been doing with Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 23% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital has the largest position in Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS), worth close to $297.5 million, accounting for 4.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ricky Sandler of Eminence Capital, with a $176.4 million position; the fund has 2.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.