Is The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE) going to take off soon? Money managers are in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets stayed the same which is a slightly negative development in our experience
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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the key action regarding The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE).
Hedge fund activity in The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE)
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE), worth close to $349.8 million, comprising 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $23.5 million call position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital.
Seeing as The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE) has faced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of funds that elected to cut their entire stakes in Q1. Interestingly, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management dropped the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, worth close to $1.2 million in call options, and Mike Vranos of Ellington was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.5 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Insider trading activity in The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE)
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE). These stocks are The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. (NYSE:MW), Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA), DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW), Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS), and Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES). All of these stocks are in the apparel stores industry and their market caps match BKE’s market cap.