Is La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB) going to take off soon? The best stock pickers are turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets rose by 4 in recent months.
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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a peek at the latest action surrounding La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB).
What have hedge funds been doing with La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB)?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 33% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB). Royce & Associates has a $33.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Impala Asset Management, managed by Robert Bishop, which held a $18.9 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.
As aggregate interest increased, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. LMR Partners, managed by Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold, assembled the biggest position in La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB). LMR Partners had 0.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $0.3 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new LZB investors: Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital, Mike Vranos’s Ellington, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
How have insiders been trading La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB)?
Insider buying is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB). These stocks are Tempur-Pedic International Inc. (NYSE:TPX), American Woodmark Corporation (NASDAQ:AMWD), Mattress Firm Holding Corp (NASDAQ:MFRM), Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS), and Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE:ETH). This group of stocks belong to the home furnishings & fixtures industry and their market caps resemble LZB’s market cap.