Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) has seen an increase in activity from the world's largest hedge funds in recent months.
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With these "truths" under our belt, it's important to take a gander at the key action encompassing Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI).
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 5% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.
According to our comprehensive database, Southeastern Asset Management, managed by Mason Hawkins, holds the most valuable position in Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI). Southeastern Asset Management has a $241.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Southeastern Asset Management's heels is David Cohen and Harold Levy of Iridian Asset Management, with a $89.2 million position; the fund has 1.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw, Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management and Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies.
Now, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Clough Capital Partners, managed by Charles Clough, initiated the largest position in Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI). Clough Capital Partners had 7.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Dmitry Balyasny's Balyasny Asset Management also initiated a $0.4 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Paul Tudor Jones's Tudor Investment Corp.
Insider trading activity, especially when it's bullish, is at its handiest when the company we're looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, 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 Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI). These stocks are H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), VCA Antech Inc (NASDAQ:WOOF), Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM), Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW), and Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA). This group of stocks are the members of the personal services industry and their market caps match SCI's market cap.