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Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Deluxe Corporation (DLX)?

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Should Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX) investors track the following data?

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Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX)

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s analyze the latest info about Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX).

How are hedge funds trading Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 33% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the most valuable position in Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX). Renaissance Technologies has a $34 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is McKinley Capital Management, managed by Robert B. Gillam, which held a $24.9 million position; 1.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors.

Now, particular hedge funds have jumped into Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX) headfirst. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, assembled the largest position in Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX). Renaissance Technologies had 34 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management also initiated a $24.9 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new DLX investors: Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors.

What have insiders been doing with Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX). These stocks are HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY), Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (USA) (NYSE:RBA), RR Donnelley & Sons Co (NASDAQ:RRD), Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE:LPS), and Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA). This group of stocks are in the business services industry and their market caps are closest to DLX’s market cap.

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