This Metric Says You Are Smart to Sell Chemed Corporation (CHE)

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Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months.

Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE)

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Now, let’s take a peek at the recent action surrounding Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE).

How are hedge funds trading Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE)?

At Q1′s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE), worth close to $113.8 million, comprising 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $62.2 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Because Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE) has faced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of hedge funds that slashed their positions entirely in Q1. It’s worth mentioning that Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group said goodbye to the largest stake of all the hedgies we monitor, worth close to $0.4 million in stock., and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron of Algert Coldiron Investors was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.4 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE). These stocks are Addus Homecare Corporation (NASDAQ:ADUS), Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFAM), Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV), Amedisys Inc (NASDAQ:AMED), and LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG). This group of stocks are the members of the home health care industry and their market caps are similar to CHE’s market cap.

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