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Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS) investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. DDS was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with DDS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Nomad Foods Limited Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NOMD), Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IILG), and Press Ganey Holdings Inc (NYSE:PGND) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a rise of 17% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards DDS over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Greenlight Capital, led by David Einhorn, holds the most valuable position in Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS). Greenlight Capital has a $121.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $33 million position. Some other peers with similar optimism include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.