This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (MDC)

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Is M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC) a good investment?

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Furthermore, we’re going to discuss the recent info about M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC).

How have hedgies been trading M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC)?

At Q2′s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 21% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management had the largest position in M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC), worth close to $38.4 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $13.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names have been driving this bullishness. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, created the most outsized position in M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC). Millennium Management had 38.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $13.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new MDC investors: Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management.

What have insiders been doing with M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC) 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 M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC). These stocks are Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA), Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH), The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE:RYL), Standard Pacific Corp. (NYSE:SPF), and KB Home (NYSE:KBH). This group of stocks are the members of the residential construction industry and their market caps are closest to MDC’s market cap.

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