This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Annies Inc (BNNY)

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Is Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY) a splendid stock to buy now? Hedge funds are taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund positions increased by 4 lately.

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Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY)Just as key, positive insider trading sentiment is another way to parse down the world of equities. There are plenty of motivations for an insider to downsize shares of his or her company, but only one, very obvious reason why they would behave bullishly. Various empirical studies have demonstrated the valuable potential of this method if you know what to do (learn more here).

Now, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY).

What does the smart money think about Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 40% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Jericho Capital Asset Management, managed by Josh Resnick, holds the largest position in Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY). Jericho Capital Asset Management has a $9.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Scopus Asset Management, managed by Alexander Mitchell, which held a $8.2 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Nick Niell’s Arrowgrass Capital Partners, SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Consequently, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Jericho Capital Asset Management, managed by Josh Resnick, created the most outsized position in Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY). Jericho Capital Asset Management had 9.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management also initiated a $8.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BNNY positions are Nick Niell’s Arrowgrass Capital Partners, SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors, and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

How have insiders been trading Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY). These stocks are Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM), Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ:CALM), Central Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ:CENT), Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE:DOLE), and ZHONGPIN INC. (NASDAQ:HOGS). All of these stocks are in the food – major diversified industry and their market caps resemble BNNY’s market cap.

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