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ExactTarget Inc (ET): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to discuss the recent info for ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET).

ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET)

Hedge fund activity in ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET)

At Q2’s end, a total of 30 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 114% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

According to our 13F database, Eton Park Capital, managed by Eric Mindich, holds the biggest position in ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET). Eton Park Capital has a $101.2 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. On Eton Park Capital’s heels is Paul Singer of Elliott Management, with a $75.2 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Jane Mendillo’s Harvard Management Co, Paul Glazer’s Glazer Capital and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.

As industrywide interest increased, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Eton Park Capital, managed by Eric Mindich, created the biggest position in ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET). Eton Park Capital had 101.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Singer’s Elliott Management also initiated a $75.2 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ET investors: Jane Mendillo’s Harvard Management Co, Paul Glazer’s Glazer Capital, and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET). These stocks are VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEAMEX:VHC), Angie’s List Inc (NASDAQ:ANGI), Net Element Inc (PINK:NETE), DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK), and J2 Global Inc (NASDAQ:JCOM). This group of stocks are the members of the internet software & services industry and their market caps match ET’s market cap.

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