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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Arkansas Best Corporation (ABFS)

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Is Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS) ready to rally soon? Hedge funds are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund bets advanced by 2 lately.

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Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS)

Just as important, bullish insider trading sentiment is a second way to break down the investments you’re interested in. There are a number of incentives for an executive to drop shares of his or her company, but just one, very obvious reason why they would buy. Many academic studies have demonstrated the impressive potential of this tactic if shareholders know where to look (learn more here).

Consequently, we’re going to take a glance at the key action encompassing Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 18% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS). Royce & Associates has a $16.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $1.6 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, initiated the most outsized call position in Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS). SAC Capital Advisors had 0.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also made a $0.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ABFS investors: Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

What have insiders been doing with Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS) has seen 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 Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ:ABFS). These stocks are Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECHO), Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE:CGI), Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN), Quality Distribution, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLTY), and Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATR). This group of stocks are in the trucking industry and their market caps match ABFS’s market cap.

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