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Hedge Funds Are Selling NII Holdings, Inc. (NIHD)

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NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. NIHD has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with NIHD holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the key action encompassing NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD).

How are hedge funds trading NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -37% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Steadfast Capital Management, managed by Robert Pitts, holds the biggest position in NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD). Steadfast Capital Management has a $32.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Steadfast Capital Management’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $12.7 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

Because NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD) has experienced bearish sentiment from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of fund managers that decided to sell off their full holdings in Q1. Intriguingly, Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management dropped the biggest position of the 450+ funds we key on, valued at about $71.9 million in stock., and Philippe Laffont of Coatue Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $51.6 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 7 funds in Q1.

What have insiders been doing with NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to NII Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:NIHD). These stocks are Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO), Ubiquiti Networks Inc (NASDAQ:UBNT), Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:PTNR), and Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE:CEL). This group of stocks are the members of the wireless communications industry and their market caps resemble NIHD’s market cap.

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