Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love ENGlobal Corp (ENG)?

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ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. ENG has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately; in our experience, stagnant sentiment is a bearish development. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with ENG positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG)

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action encompassing ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG).

How have hedgies been trading ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG)?

At year’s end, a total of 4 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter.

Seeing as ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG) has witnessed declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedge funds that elected to cut their full holdings at the end of the year. Intriguingly, Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management said goodbye to the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, worth an estimated $0.2 million in stock. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

What have insiders been doing with ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG)?

Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG). These stocks are UniTek Global Services Inc. (NASDAQ:UNTK), Versar Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VSR), WidePoint Corporation (NYSEAMEX:WYY), and Lime Energy Co. (NASDAQ:LIME). This group of stocks are in the technical services industry and their market caps resemble ENG’s market cap.

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