SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action surrounding SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY).
Hedge fund activity in SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY)
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 14% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.
According to our comprehensive database, Generation Investment Management, managed by David Blood and Al Gore, holds the most valuable position in SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY). Generation Investment Management has a $79.9 million position in the stock, comprising 1.6% of its 13F portfolio. On Generation Investment Management’s heels is John A. Levin of Levin Capital Strategies, with a $5.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, Philip Hempleman’s Ardsley Partners and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
Consequently, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Ardsley Partners, managed by Philip Hempleman, created the most valuable position in SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY). Ardsley Partners had 0.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also initiated a $0.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SCTY positions are Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
How are insiders trading SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY)?
Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time frame, SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) has experienced 0 unique insiders buying, and 0 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
With the returns demonstrated by Insider Monkey’s tactics, retail investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.