Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) was in 27 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. ZNGA investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers recently. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with ZNGA positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, let's take a peek at the recent action regarding Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA).
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 35% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds' capital changing hands, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.
As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. JANA Partners, managed by Barry Rosenstein, created the largest position in Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA). JANA Partners had 85.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Randall Smith's Alden Global Capital also initiated a $15.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ZNGA positions are Gregory A. Weaver's Invicta Capital Management, Spencer M. Waxman's Shannon River Fund Management, and Paul Tanico's Castlerock Asset Management.
Insider buying is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA). These stocks are Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ:SOHU), ValueClick Inc (NASDAQ:VCLK), AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), Youku Tudou Inc (ADR) (NYSE:YOKU), and HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWAY). This group of stocks belong to the internet information providers industry and their market caps resemble ZNGA's market cap.