Should You Buy Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO)?

Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. SHOO has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with SHOO positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO)

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Now, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO).

Hedge fund activity in Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO)

In preparation for this year, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 15% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO), worth close to $69 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Buckingham Capital Management, managed by David Keidan, which held a $26 million position; the fund has 2.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Robert Bishop’s Impala Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management.

Now, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Scopus Asset Management, managed by Alexander Mitchell, initiated the biggest position in Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO). Scopus Asset Management had 11 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also initiated a $1 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new SHOO investors: Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Mike Vranos’s Ellington, and Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital.

How are insiders trading Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time frame, Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results demonstrated by the aforementioned strategies, everyday investors should always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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