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In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Destination XL Group Inc (NASDAQ:DXLG), which was included in the equity portfolios of nine funds from our database at the end of September. DXLG investors should pay attention to a slight decrease in enthusiasm from smart money last quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare DXLG to other stocks including TechTarget Inc (NASDAQ:TTGT), CRA International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI), and Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the new action surrounding Destination XL Group Inc (NASDAQ:DXLG).
What does the smart money think about Destination XL Group Inc (NASDAQ:DXLG)?
At Q3’s end, a total of nine of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by one fund from one quarter earlier. By comparison, nine hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in DXLG heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Willem Mesdag’s Red Mountain Capital has the biggest position in Destination XL Group Inc (NASDAQ:DXLG), worth close to $33.1 million, accounting for 10% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Glenhill Advisors, led by Glenn J. Krevlin, which holds a $26.6 million position; the fund has 1.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish consist of Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management, Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management, and George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management. 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.