Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. CTRN shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with CTRN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action surrounding Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN).
What does the smart money think about Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN)?
At year’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 40% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.
Of the funds we track, Nantahala Capital Management, managed by Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack, holds the most valuable position in Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN). Nantahala Capital Management has a $19.2 million position in the stock, comprising 3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $7.2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names have jumped into Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) headfirst. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, established the largest position in Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN). Millennium Management had 0.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also initiated a $0.1 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new CTRN position is Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
How are insiders trading Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN)?
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and zero 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 Citi Trends, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRN). These stocks are Christopher & Banks Corporation (NYSE:CBK), Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE), Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSUN), and Body Central Corp (NASDAQ:BODY). All of these stocks are in the apparel stores industry and their market caps match CTRN’s market cap.