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Should You Avoid Zagg Inc (ZAGG)?

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What’s more, we’re going to examine the latest info surrounding Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG).

What does the smart money think about Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -22% 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 significantly.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG). Royce & Associates has a $3.4 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Constantinos J. Christofilis of Archon Capital Management, with a $1.8 million position; the fund has 0.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Thomas E. Lynch’s Mill Road Capital Management and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

As Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG) has experienced bearish sentiment from the top-tier hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of hedge funds that elected to cut their full holdings at the end of the second quarter. At the top of the heap, Randall Smith’s Alden Global Capital dropped the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, totaling an estimated $6.4 million in stock. Peter S. Park’s fund, Park West Asset Management, also dropped its stock, about $2.5 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds at the end of the second quarter.

How are insiders trading Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG). These stocks are TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSEAMEX:TA), West Marine, Inc. (NASDAQ:WMAR), XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO), Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc (NASDAQ:OMEX), and CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS). This group of stocks belong to the specialty retail, other industry and their market caps are similar to ZAGG’s market cap.

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