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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About The Corporate Executive Board Company (CEB)

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Is The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB) the right pick for your portfolio? The smart money is taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund bets inched up by 2 recently.

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Chuck Royce

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a peek at the latest action regarding The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB).

How are hedge funds trading The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 29% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Bares Capital Management, managed by Brian Bares, holds the largest position in The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB). Bares Capital Management has a $47 million position in the stock, comprising 6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $41.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Now, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Whitebox Advisors, managed by Andy Redleaf, created the largest position in The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB). Whitebox Advisors had 0.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also made a $0.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new CEB position is Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

How are insiders trading The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB)?

Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB). These stocks are Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN), Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE:CXW), Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH), FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN), and Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH). This group of stocks are the members of the management services industry and their market caps are closest to CEB’s market cap.

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