The Jones Group Inc. (JNY): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock? – Stage Stores Inc (SSI), Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc (JOSB)

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The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE:JNY) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. JNY investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with JNY holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, it’s important to take a peek at the key action encompassing The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE:JNY).

What have hedge funds been doing with The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE:JNY)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 30% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the most valuable position in The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE:JNY). Pzena Investment Management has a $27 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Dreman Value Management, managed by David Dreman, which held a $25.5 million position; the fund has 0.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, established the most outsized position in The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE:JNY). Citadel Investment Group had 3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management also initiated a $2.6 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new JNY positions are Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp, Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital, and Israel Englander’s Catapult Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE:JNY)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE:JNY) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, 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 Jones Group Inc. (NYSE:JNY). These stocks are Ann Inc (NYSE:ANN), Stage Stores Inc (NYSE:SSI), Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc (NASDAQ:JOSB), Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO), and Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE). This group of stocks belong to the apparel stores industry and their market caps are closest to JNY’s market cap.

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