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Primoris Services Corp (PRIM): Hedge Funds Are Bearish and Insiders Are Undecided, What Should You Do?

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Should Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM) investors track the following data?

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What’s more, we’re going to study the newest info surrounding Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM).

Hedge fund activity in Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -33% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Driehaus Capital, managed by Richard Driehaus, holds the largest position in Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM). Driehaus Capital has a $3.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Driehaus Capital’s heels is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $2.9 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann’s TIG Advisors and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Because Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM) has witnessed declining interest from upper-tier hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedgies that slashed their entire stakes at the end of the second quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Richard S. Meisenberg’s ACK Asset Management dumped the largest investment of the 450+ funds we track, worth about $9.9 million in stock, and Andrew R. Midler of Savitr Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $3.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 6 funds at the end of the second quarter.

How have insiders been trading Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Primoris Services Corp (NASDAQ:PRIM). These stocks are Empresas ICA SA (ADR) (NYSE:ICA), Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY), Aegion Corp – Class A (NASDAQ:AEGN), Tutor Perini Corp (NYSE:TPC), and Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE:GVA). All of these stocks are in the heavy construction industry and their market caps are similar to PRIM’s market cap.

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