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Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (GSOL): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently.

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Now, it’s important to take a look at the latest action regarding Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL).

What have hedge funds been doing with Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -17% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Diamond Hill Capital, managed by Ric Dillon, holds the most valuable position in Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL). Diamond Hill Capital has a $9.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, which held a $2.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

Judging by the fact that Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL) has experienced a declination in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of hedgies that elected to cut their positions entirely in Q1. It’s worth mentioning that Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group dropped the biggest position of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling about $0.1 million in stock. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds in Q1.

How have insiders been trading Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL). These stocks are Move Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE), Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA), Renren Inc (NYSE:RENN), TechTarget Inc (NASDAQ:TTGT), and Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO). This group of stocks are the members of the internet information providers industry and their market caps resemble GSOL’s market cap.

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