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Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (FIX): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It But Hedge Funds Love It

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Should Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX) investors track the following data?

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Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX)

Equally as necessary, bullish insider trading sentiment is another way to look at the investments you’re interested in. As the old adage goes: there are a variety of motivations for a bullish insider to drop shares of his or her company, but only one, very simple reason why they would initiate a purchase. Plenty of empirical studies have demonstrated the useful potential of this tactic if investors know what to do (learn more here).

What’s more, we’re going to discuss the recent info for Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX).

How have hedgies been trading Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 29% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

According to our 13F database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX). Royce & Associates has a $12.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Asset Management, with a $1.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

As industrywide interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX) headfirst. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, established the most valuable position in Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX). Royce & Associates had 12.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management also made a $1.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Insider trading activity in Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX)

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE:FIX). These stocks are Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR), Emcor Group Inc (NYSE:EME), Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:IESC), Pike Electric Corporation (NYSE:PIKE), and MYR Group Inc (NASDAQ:MYRG). All of these stocks are in the general contractors industry and their market caps resemble FIX’s market cap.

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