International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. IGT has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with IGT positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a peek at the key action surrounding International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT).
What have hedge funds been doing with International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT)?
Heading into Q2, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -21% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.
Of the funds we track, John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments had the most valuable position in International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT), worth close to $134.7 million, accounting for 2.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Gates Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Gates, which held a $134.7 million position; the fund has 7.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital and Robert Boucai’s Newbrook Capital Advisors.
Seeing as International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) has faced bearish sentiment from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there were a few funds that decided to sell off their positions entirely at the end of the first quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital said goodbye to the biggest investment of all the hedgies we monitor, comprising about $31.9 million in stock.. Ahmet Okumus’s fund, Okumus Fund Management, also dropped its stock, about $12.7 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 7 funds at the end of the first quarter.
What have insiders been doing with International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT)?
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) has seen 2 unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT). These stocks are Changyou.Com Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:CYOU), Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSOD), Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ:ROVI) and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA). All of these stocks are in the multimedia & graphics software industry and their market caps resemble IGT’s market cap.