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Equally as useful, bullish insider trading sentiment is another way to look at the stock market universe. There are many incentives for an upper level exec to cut shares of his or her company, but only one, very clear reason why they would initiate a purchase. Plenty of academic studies have demonstrated the market-beating potential of this method if piggybackers understand what to do (learn more here).
Keeping this in mind, we're going to discuss the newest info about Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT).
Heading into Q3, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -13% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money's sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.
Out of the hedge funds we follow, Odey Asset Management Group, managed by Crispin Odey, holds the largest position in Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT). Odey Asset Management Group has a $79 million position in the stock, comprising 3.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Valinor Management LLC, managed by David Gallo, which held a $57.8 million position; 2.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Israel Englander's Millennium Management, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies and Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors.
Due to the fact Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT) has faced a fall in interest from the smart money's best and brightest, it's easy to see that there is a sect of money managers who were dropping their entire stakes at the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, David Keidan's Buckingham Capital Management dropped the biggest position of all the hedgies we key on, worth about $7.6 million in call options., and John Fichthorn of Dialectic Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $2.8 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds at the end of the second quarter.
Insider buying made by high-level executives is most useful when the company we're looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, 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 Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT). These stocks are Old Dominion Freight Line (NASDAQ:ODFL), Knight Transportation (NYSE:KNX), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSTR), Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN), and Con-way Inc (NYSE:CNW). This group of stocks belong to the trucking industry and their market caps match SWFT's market cap.