Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately.
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Consequently, it's important to take a glance at the key action encompassing Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU).
At year's end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -20% from the third quarter. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.
According to our comprehensive database, Emerging Sovereign Group, managed by J Kevin Kenny Jr, holds the biggest position in Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU). Emerging Sovereign Group has a $38 million position in the stock, comprising 3.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $28.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Rob Citrone's Discovery Capital Management, Donald Chiboucis's Columbus Circle Investors and SAC Subsidiary's CR Intrinsic Investors.
Because Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU) has experienced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it's safe to say that there were a few hedge funds who were dropping their positions entirely heading into 2013. Interestingly, John Thaler's JAT Capital Management said goodbye to the largest position of the 450+ funds we monitor, valued at close to $19.9 million in stock., and Richard Schimel of Diamondback Capital was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $10.2 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 4 funds heading into 2013.
Insider trading activity, especially when it's bullish, is best served when the company we're looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU). These stocks are Sify Technologies Limited (ADR) (NASDAQ:SIFY), Trulia Inc (NYSE:TRLA), Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:IIJI), and Vipshop Holdings Ltd - ADR (NYSE:VIPS). This group of stocks are in the internet service providers industry and their market caps match QIHU's market cap.