OpenTable Inc (OPEN): Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?

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OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately.

OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the recent action regarding OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN).

What have hedge funds been doing with OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -21% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Cantillon Capital Management, managed by William von Mueffling, holds the most valuable position in OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN). Cantillon Capital Management has a $67.1 million position in the stock, comprising 2.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John Thaler of JAT Capital Management, with a $60.1 million position; 3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish include Sanford J. Colen’s Apex Capital, Christopher R. Hansen’s Valiant Capital and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

Judging by the fact that OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) has experienced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there exists a select few money managers that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Robert Pitts’s Steadfast Capital Management cut the biggest position of all the hedgies we track, worth an estimated $35.9 million in stock., and Sanford J. Colen of Apex Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $19.7 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN). These stocks are Bankrate Inc (NYSE:RATE), InterXion Holding NV (NYSE:INXN), Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), Kayak Software Corp (NASDAQ:KYAK), and Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP). This group of stocks are in the internet information providers industry and their market caps match OPEN’s market cap.

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