Hedge Funds Are Selling Harbinger Group Inc (HRG)

Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG)Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. HRG shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with HRG positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the key action encompassing Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG).

How have hedgies been trading Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -15% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Harbinger, managed by Phil Falcone, holds the biggest position in Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG). Harbinger has a $799.3 million position in the stock, comprising 31.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors, with a $41.3 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include James H. Litinsky’s JHL Capital Group, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and James Pallotta’s Raptor Capital Management.

Due to the fact that Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG) has witnessed bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there exists a select few fund managers that decided to sell off their full holdings in Q1. Intriguingly, Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital cut the biggest stake of all the hedgies we monitor, comprising an estimated $6.6 million in stock., and Christian Leone of Luxor Capital Group was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $6.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds in Q1.

Insider trading activity in Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by the aforementioned studies, retail investors should always monitor hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Harbinger Group Inc (NYSE:HRG) is an important part of this process.

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