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Gladstone Investment Corporation (GAIN), North European Oil Royalty (NRT): Hedge Funds Are Dumping MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC)

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Is MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC) a marvelous investment now? The smart money is taking a pessimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions stayed the same which is a slightly negative development in our experience

MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the key action encompassing MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC).

What have hedge funds been doing with MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Wynnefield Capital, managed by Nelson Obus, holds the largest position in MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC). Wynnefield Capital has a $22 million position in the stock, comprising 7.8% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $14 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Roger Keith Long’s Otter Creek Management, Michael Price’s MFP Investors and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Judging by the fact that MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC) has witnessed a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers that decided to sell off their positions entirely heading into 2013. It’s worth mentioning that Whitney Tilson’s T2 Partners sold off the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we watch, totaling close to $0 million in stock., and Zeke Ashton of Centaur Capital Partners was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $0 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How have insiders been trading MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC) has seen 3 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC). These stocks are Gladstone Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:GAIN), North European Oil Royalty (NYSE:NRT), KCAP Financial Inc (NASDAQ:KCAP), INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL), and Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB). All of these stocks are in the diversified investments industry and their market caps resemble MVC’s market cap.

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