This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV)

Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. VNTV has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with VNTV holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV).

What does the smart money think about Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV)?

At year’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 42% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital had the biggest position in Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV), worth close to $18 million, comprising 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On Samlyn Capital’s heels is Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, which held a $16 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism include Joe DiMenna’s ZWEIG DIMENNA PARTNERS, John Lykouretzos’s Hoplite Capital Management and Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Samlyn Capital, managed by Robert Pohly, assembled the biggest position in Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV). Samlyn Capital had 18 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Lykouretzos’s Hoplite Capital Management also made a $14 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new VNTV positions are Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, and Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time frame, Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results shown by our strategies, everyday investors must always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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