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Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ): What Should You Do?

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Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) was in 47 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. HPQ investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 51 hedge funds in our database with HPQ positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action regarding Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).

Hedge fund activity in Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)

Heading into Q2, a total of 47 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -8% 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.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Ralph V. Whitworth’s Relational Investors had the biggest position in Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), worth close to $823.3 million, accounting for 15.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, which held a $818.3 million position; 5.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that hold long positions include Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management and David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management.

Seeing as Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has witnessed falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of hedgies that slashed their full holdings in Q1. Interestingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies said goodbye to the biggest position of all the hedgies we track, totaling close to $69.9 million in stock., and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $48.1 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds in Q1.

What have insiders been doing with Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ). These stocks are Silicon Graphics International Corp (NASDAQ:SGI), Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAY), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), , and Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC). This group of stocks are in the diversified computer systems industry and their market caps are similar to HPQ’s market cap.

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