This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy IHS Inc. (IHS)

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IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. IHS investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with IHS holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

IHS Inc (NYSE:IHS)

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the key action encompassing IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS).

Hedge fund activity in IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS)

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 50% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital had the most valuable position in IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), worth close to $175.9 million, comprising 2.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by James Crichton and Adam Weiss of Scout Capital Management, with a $156.4 million position; the fund has 2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group, David Stemerman’s Conatus Capital Management and Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Samlyn Capital, managed by Robert Pohly, assembled the most valuable position in IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS). Samlyn Capital had 38.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $4.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

How are insiders trading IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 10 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS). These stocks are DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST), Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN), Dun & Bradstreet Corp (NYSE:DNB), Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN), and FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS). This group of stocks are in the information & delivery services industry and their market caps are closest to IHS’s market cap.

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