Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months.
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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a look at the recent action regarding Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN).
How are hedge funds trading Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN)?
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -21% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.
Of the funds we track, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors had the largest position in Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN), worth close to $63 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $37.6 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Robert Emil Zoellner’s Alpine Associates, Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.
Due to the fact that Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) has witnessed a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers who were dropping their full holdings heading into Q2. It’s worth mentioning that Paul Glazer’s Glazer Capital dumped the biggest stake of the 450+ funds we watch, totaling close to $5 million in stock., and Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $0.7 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds heading into Q2.
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN). These stocks are Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ:PANL), Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA), Logitech International SA (USA) (NASDAQ:LOGI), Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFII), and Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR). All of these stocks are in the computer peripherals industry and their market caps match IN’s market cap.