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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (WETF) Anymore

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Should WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) investors track the following data?

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Keeping this in mind, let’s study the recent info about WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF).

How are hedge funds trading WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

WisdomTree Investments, Inc.Out of the hedge funds we follow, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management had the largest position in WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF), worth close to $35.5 million, comprising 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cupps Capital Management, managed by Drew Cupps, which held a $22.2 million position; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital.

As WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) has experienced declining interest from upper-tier hedge fund managers, we can see that there exists a select few hedge funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes in Q1. At the top of the heap, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group dumped the biggest position of the 450+ funds we track, totaling an estimated $9.4 million in stock. SAC Subsidiary’s fund, CR Intrinsic Investors, also cut its stock, about $1.9 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds in Q1.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF). These stocks are Financial Engines Inc (NASDAQ:FNGN), Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE:CNS), Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ:VRTS), Gamco Investors Inc. (NYSE:GBL), and Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE:EVR). All of these stocks are in the asset management industry and their market caps are closest to WETF’s market cap.

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