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Should You Buy Tyco International Ltd. (TYC)?

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Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC) was in 45 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. TYC has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 44 hedge funds in our database with TYC holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC)

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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action regarding Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC).

How have hedgies been trading Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 45 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 2% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Iridian Asset Management, managed by David Cohen and Harold Levy, holds the largest position in Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC). Iridian Asset Management has a $227.2 million position in the stock, comprising 3.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Iridian Asset Management’s heels is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $174.4 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management and Jean-Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Relational Investors, managed by Ralph V. Whitworth, created the most valuable position in Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC). Relational Investors had 101.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management also initiated a $35.1 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new TYC investors: Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and zero 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 Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC). These stocks are Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASCMA), Brink’S Co (NYSE:BCO), The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO), and ADT Corp (NYSE:ADT). All of these stocks are in the security & protection services industry and their market caps are similar to TYC’s market cap.

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