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Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. GES was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with GES positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Petrobras Argentina SA ADR (NYSE:PZE), Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ:AHGP), and Acceleron Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:XLRN) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 36% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GES over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Guess?, Inc. (NYSE:GES), worth close to $14.7 million. The second most bullish fund manager is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $11.5 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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.