ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest recently.
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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a glance at the recent action surrounding ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET).
What does the smart money think about ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET)?
At year’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -10% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.
Of the funds we track, Scott Burney’s Bluefin Investment Management had the biggest position in ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET), worth close to $14.9 million, comprising 5.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Carlson Capital, managed by Clint Carlson, which held a $13.2 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group and Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners.
Due to the fact that ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET) has experienced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, we can see that there was a specific group of hedgies that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. At the top of the heap, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital said goodbye to the largest position of all the hedgies we key on, worth about $7 million in stock., and Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $4.9 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds last quarter.
How are insiders trading ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET) has seen 2 unique insiders purchasing, and 17 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET). These stocks are VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEAMEX:VHC), Angie’s List Inc (NASDAQ:ANGI), Net Element Inc (PINK:NETE), DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK), and J2 Global Inc (NASDAQ:JCOM). This group of stocks belong to the internet software & services industry and their market caps resemble ET’s market cap.