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IDT Corporation (IDT): Hedge Fund and Insider Sentiment Unchanged, What Should You Do?

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Should IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT) investors track the following data?

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Furthermore, it’s important to study the latest info about IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT).

What have hedge funds been doing with IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT)According to our 13F database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the biggest position in IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT). Renaissance Technologies has a $16.7 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Irving Kahn of Kahn Brothers, with a $12.5 million position; the fund has 1.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Jay Petschek and Steven Major’s Corsair Capital Management, Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT) has faced declining interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. Intriguingly, Zeke Ashton’s Centaur Capital Partners said goodbye to the biggest stake of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling about $1 million in stock, and Whitney Tilson of T2 Partners was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $0.5 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT). These stocks are RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET), Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBEY), Hawaiian Telcom HoldCo Inc (NASDAQ:HCOM), ORBCOMM Inc (NASDAQ:ORBC), and Lumos Networks Corp (NASDAQ:LMOS). This group of stocks belong to the diversified communication services industry and their market caps resemble IDT’s market cap.

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