Concerns over a shift in Fed’s easy monetary policy have hit several hedge funds hard during the third quarter. A number of sectors are in correction territory. More importantly, Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25, 2015 and October 30, 2015. Hedge funds and institutional investors tracked by Insider Monkey usually invest a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks. We have been receiving indications that hedge funds were paring back their overall exposure and this is one of the factors behind the recent movements in major indices. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB).
L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. At the end of this article we will also compare LB to other stocks including BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ:AAL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to view the latest action encompassing L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB).
Hedge fund activity in L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -19% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, 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, Gavin M. Abrams’ Abrams Bison Investments has the biggest position in L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB), worth close to $238.9 million, comprising 26.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Columbus Circle Investors holding a $146.7 million position; 1.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management.