Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Nautilus, Inc. (NLS)?

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Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. NLS shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with NLS positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action regarding Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS).

Hedge fund activity in Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS)

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 100% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

RENAISSANCE TECHNOLOGIES

Of the funds we track, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the largest position in Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS), worth close to $1.8 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Algert Coldiron Investors, managed by Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron, which held a $1.3 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. McKinley Capital Management, managed by Robert B. Gillam, established the largest position in Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS). McKinley Capital Management had 1.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

How are insiders trading Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE:NLS). These stocks are Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL), Escalade, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESCA), Callaway Golf Co (NYSE:ELY), Black Diamond Inc (NASDAQ:BDE), and Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT). This group of stocks are the members of the sporting goods industry and their market caps are similar to NLS’s market cap.

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