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Hedge fund interest in Jumei International Holding Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:JMEI) shares was flat during the third quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 10 hedge funds that we track owned the stock on September 30, same as on June 30. At the end of this article we will also compare JMEI to other stocks including Eclipse Resources Corp (NYSE:ECR), A. Schulman Inc (NASDAQ:SHLM), and Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:DLTH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading Jumei International Holding Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:JMEI)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards JMEI over the last 5 quarters, which has declined overall. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the largest position in Jumei International Holding Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:JMEI), worth close to $11.7 million. The second largest stake is held by Rob Citrone of Discovery Capital Management, which owns a $6.8 million position. Remaining peers with similar optimism consist of Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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-micro-cap stocks.
Now that we’ve mentioned the most bullish investors, let’s also take a look at some funds that cashed in their entire stakes in the stock during the third quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Scott Fine and Peter Richards’ Empire Capital Management cashed in the largest stake of all the investors watched by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $0.7 million in stock. Ken Griffin’s fund, Citadel Investment Group, also dropped its call options, about $0.2 million worth.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Jumei International Holding Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:JMEI). These stocks are Eclipse Resources Corp (NYSE:ECR), A. Schulman Inc (NASDAQ:SHLM), Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:DLTH), and Air Transport Services Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble JMEI’s market valuation.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
As you can see these stocks had an average of 14 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $110 million. That figure was $32 million in JMEI’s case. Eclipse Resources Corp (NYSE:ECR) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:DLTH) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Jumei International Holding Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:JMEI) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard ECR and ATSG might be better candidates to consider taking a long position in.