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Hedge Funds Are Selling Virtu Financial Inc (VIRT)

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Virtu Financial Inc (NASDAQ:VIRT) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. VIRT shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with VIRT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. (NYSE:PNY), Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP), and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (NYSE:SKT) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the key action encompassing Virtu Financial Inc (NASDAQ:VIRT).

What have hedge funds been doing with Virtu Financial Inc (NASDAQ:VIRT)?

At the Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -33% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, EJF Capital, managed by Emanuel J. Friedman, holds the largest position in Virtu Financial Inc (NASDAQ:VIRT). EJF Capital has a $20 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $15 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. The remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Panayotis Takis Sparaggis’s Alkeon Capital Management, Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital and Wojciech Uzdelewicz’s Espalier Global Management.

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