Hedge Funds Wash Their Hands of Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers Ltd.

Nelson Peltz is no longer a fan of Tiffany & Co. (TIF), while Daniel Loeb has thrown in the towel on Signet Jewelers Ltd. (SIG)

Aug 15, 2016 at 11:40 AM
facebook X logo linkedin

Jewelry stocks Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) and Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG) are following the broader market higher at midday. However, this is somewhat surprising, given the fact that a pair of major hedge funds recently liquidated their stakes in the respective companies. Below, we'll take a closer look at the news, while taking a sentiment snapshot in the options pits and beyond.

TIF was last seen 1.6% higher at $68.42. However, late Friday, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing revealed Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management has eliminated its position in the stock. It's not surprising that someone might wash his hands of a TIF investment, given its year-to-date loss of 10%.

That said, options traders in recent weeks have taken a sunny-side-up approach. Specifically, TIF's 10-day International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) call/put volume ratio sits at 1.61 -- outstripping 85% of all other readings from the past year.

Not all of these call buyers are necessarily bulls, though. A hefty 12.8% of Tiffany & Co.'s float is sold short -- approaching a five-year high -- which would take 12 sessions to cover, at the stock's typical trading levels. Put simply, it's possible short sellers have been purchasing calls to act as an upside hedge.

Meanwhile, SIG has charged nearly 3% higher to $93.85, despite a filing that revealed Daniel Loeb's Third Point has liquidated its holdings in the company. Again, this is far from a shock, given that the stock has given up nearly one-quarter of its value in 2016. Even with today's rally, the shares are encountering resistance at their 80-day moving average.

If the aforementioned trendline rejects SIG, a capitulation among option bulls could create additional headwinds. After all, the stock's 50-day ISE/CBOE/PHLX call/put volume ratio of 3.18 ranks just 4 percentage points from an annual high. Then again, with 13.5% of SIG's float sold short, these long calls could be of the protective variety.

Future downgrades could also weigh on the shares. Despite Signet Jewelers Ltd.'s chronic underperformance, 92% of covering analysts have deemed it worthy of a "buy" or better endorsement.

Sign up now for Schaeffer's Market Recap to get all the day's big stock movers, must-know technical levels, and top economic stories straight to your inbox.


Target Effortless Triple-Digit Gains Every Sunday Evening For Life!

This is your chance to triple your profit potential on Sunday evenings, without spending all your free time watching the market.

On Sundays, as a Weekend Plus subscriber, you’ll get up to 6 trades every Sunday, each targeting gains of 200% or more.

Start targeting gains like the ones our subscribers have seen recently, including:

213.3% GAIN on AutoNation calls
100.0% GAIN on Monster Beverage calls
100.4% GAIN on Walgreens Boots Alliance puts
100.4% GAIN on ON Semiconductor calls
257.7% GAIN on Dell calls

101.0% GAIN on Apollo Global Management calls
103.6% GAIN on JP Morgan  Chase calls
105.3% GAIN on DraftKings calls
101.3% GAIN on Airbnb calls
203.0% GAIN on Shopify calls
102.0% GAIN on Cboe Global Markets calls
100.9% GAIN on Boeing calls
102.1% GAIN on Microsoft puts
102.3% GAIN on First Solar calls
101.5% GAIN on PulteGroup calls
101.0% GAIN on Apple calls
209.4% GAIN on NXP Semiconductors calls
100.8% GAIN on Uber Technologies calls
100.4% GAIN on Academy Sports and Outdoors puts
102.2% GAIN on Trade Desk calls
100.8% GAIN on DoorDash calls
100.0% GAIN on Camping World Holdings puts
100.0% GAIN on Cboe Global Markets calls
100.2% GAIN on C3.ai calls
238.5% GAIN on Oracle calls



Rainmaker Ads CGI