Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (HPAC): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC) a buy here? The smart money is becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund positions moved up by 1 lately.

Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC)

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the key action regarding Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC).

How have hedgies been trading Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 20% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, holds the most valuable position in Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC). AQR Capital Management has a $14.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Fir Tree, managed by Jeffrey Tannenbaum, which held a $7.5 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Thomas Lenox Kempner’s Davidson Kempner and Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments.

Consequently, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Highbridge Capital Management, managed by Glenn Russell Dubin, initiated the biggest position in Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC). Highbridge Capital Management had 5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC) 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 Hyde Park Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:HPAC). These stocks are Poage Bankshares Inc (NASDAQ:PBSK), New Mountain Finance Corp. (NYSE:NMFC), SCG Financial Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:SCGQ), and Blue Wolf Mongolia Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:MNGL). This group of stocks are in the conglomerates industry and their market caps resemble HPAC’s market cap.

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