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Hedge fund interest in Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCVL) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare SCVL to other stocks including Western Asset Emerging Mrkts Dbt Fnd Inc (NYSE:ESD), Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BDGE), and OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
We care about hedge fund sentiment because historically hedge funds’ stock picks delivered strong risk adjusted returns. There are certain segments of the market where hedge funds’ stock picks performed much better than its benchmarks. For instance, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds returned 18% over the last 12 months outpacing S&P 500 Index by more than 10 percentage points. We developed this strategy 2.5 years ago and started sharing its picks in our quarterly newsletter. It bested the S&P 500 Index ETFs by delivering a solid 39% vs. 22% gain for its benchmarks.
Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the key action surrounding Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCVL).
What have hedge funds been doing with Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCVL)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 8 (just slightly over 1% of the funds that we track) of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SCVL over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the number one position in Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCVL). Royce & Associates has a $61.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $2.3 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Constantinos J. Christofilis’s Archon Capital Management and Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.