IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently.
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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the key action regarding IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX).
How have hedgies been trading IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX)?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.
Of the funds we track, Tremblant Capital, managed by Brett Barakett, holds the largest position in IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX). Tremblant Capital has a $53.3 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Glenn Russell Dubin of Highbridge Capital Management, with a $50.1 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Stuart Peterson’s Artis Capital Management and Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital.
Judging by the fact that IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX) has experienced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, we can see that there is a sect of hedgies who were dropping their full holdings at the end of the first quarter. At the top of the heap, Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital dumped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling about $27.1 million in stock.. Josh Resnick’s fund, Jericho Capital Asset Management, also said goodbye to its stock, about $26.7 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds at the end of the first quarter.
How have insiders been trading IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX)?
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX). These stocks are Bona Film Group Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:BONA), World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE), The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG), Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA), and Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV). All of these stocks are in the entertainment – diversified industry and their market caps resemble IMAX’s market cap.