FXCM Inc (NYSE:FXCM) was in 6 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of December. FXCM has seen an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with FXCM positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, let's take a glance at the latest action regarding FXCM Inc (NYSE:FXCM).
At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 50% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money's sentiment swirling, there exists an "upper tier" of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.
According to our comprehensive database, Michael Price's MFP Investors had the largest position in FXCM Inc (NYSE:FXCM), worth close to $21.7 million, accounting for 3.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $12.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Israel Englander's Millennium Management, Mike Vranos's Ellington and Paul Tudor Jones's Tudor Investment Corp.
Now, some big names were breaking ground themselves. MFP Investors, managed by Michael Price, created the largest position in FXCM Inc (NYSE:FXCM). MFP Investors had 21.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander's Millennium Management also initiated a $0.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new FXCM positions are Mike Vranos's Ellington and Paul Tudor Jones's Tudor Investment Corp.
Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, FXCM Inc (NYSE:FXCM) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to FXCM Inc (NYSE:FXCM). These stocks are Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IBKR), BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:BGCP), GFI Group Inc. (NYSE:GFIG), Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC), and Medley Capital Corp (NYSE:MCC). This group of stocks belong to the investment brokerage - national industry and their market caps are closest to FXCM's market cap.