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Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (PRIS): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (NYSE:PRIS) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately.

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a glance at the key action surrounding Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (NYSE:PRIS).

Hedge fund activity in Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (NYSE:PRIS)

Heading into 2013, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -17% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Whitney Tilson’s T2 Partners had the largest position in Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (NYSE:PRIS), worth close to $1.8 million, comprising 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Andy Redleaf of Whitebox Advisors, with a $1.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Whitney Tilson’s T2 Partners, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Because Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (NYSE:PRIS) has witnessed falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there were a few hedge funds that slashed their entire stakes in Q4. At the top of the heap, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management said goodbye to the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we track, comprising close to $0.1 million in stock.. Andy Redleaf’s fund, Whitebox Advisors, also dropped its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds in Q4.

What have insiders been doing with Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (NYSE:PRIS)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (NYSE:PRIS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Promotora de Informaciones S.A. (NYSE:PRIS). These stocks are Digital Cinema Destinations Corp (NASDAQ:DCIN), IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX), Ku6 Media Co Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:KUTV), World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE), and Bona Film Group Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:BONA). This group of stocks are in the entertainment – diversified industry and their market caps match PRIS’s market cap.

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