Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP) was in 41 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of March. TRIP investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. There were 48 hedge funds in our database with TRIP holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Now, we're going to take a look at the recent action encompassing Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP).
Heading into Q2, a total of 41 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -15% from the first quarter. With the smart money's sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.
Of the funds we track, Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, holds the biggest position in Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP). Lone Pine Capital has a $341.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Lone Pine Capital's heels is Alan Fournier of Pennant Capital Management, with a $230.3 million position; the fund has 4.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management, Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro's PAR Capital Management and Rob Citrone's Discovery Capital Management.
Because Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP) has faced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it's safe to say that there were a few fund managers who sold off their full holdings in Q1. It's worth mentioning that Barry Rosenstein's JANA Partners dumped the largest position of the "upper crust" of funds we track, totaling close to $95.3 million in stock.. Patrick McCormack's fund, Tiger Consumer Management, also said goodbye to its stock, about $64.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 7 funds in Q1.
Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 1 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 Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP). These stocks are AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN), Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), and Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX). All of these stocks are in the internet information providers industry and their market caps match TRIP's market cap.