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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Strayer Education Inc (STRA) Anymore

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Is Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are selling. The number of long hedge fund bets retreated by 1 in recent months.

Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA)

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a look at the key action encompassing Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA).

What does the smart money think about Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA)?

At year’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -13% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA), worth close to $66.2 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Generation Investment Management, managed by David Blood and Al Gore, which held a $46.1 million position; the fund has 1.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

Due to the fact that Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA) has experienced falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there was a specific group of hedge funds that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. Intriguingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management dropped the largest position of the 450+ funds we track, comprising close to $0.9 million in stock.. Paul Tudor Jones’s fund, Tudor Investment Corp, also dumped its stock, about $0.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds last quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA) has seen 2 unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Strayer Education Inc (NASDAQ:STRA). These stocks are TAL Education Group (ADR) (NYSE:XRS), New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (ADR) (NYSE:EDU), GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX), Education Management Corp (NASDAQ:EDMC), and Bridgepoint Education Inc (NYSE:BPI). This group of stocks are in the education & training services industry and their market caps match STRA’s market cap.

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