This Metric Says You Are Smart to Sell Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS)

Is Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) a safe investment today? Investors who are in the know are becoming less confident. The number of bullish hedge fund bets were trimmed by 3 recently.

Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS)

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Just as beneficial, bullish insider trading sentiment is another way to parse down the stock market universe. As the old adage goes: there are a number of reasons for an upper level exec to downsize shares of his or her company, but only one, very clear reason why they would behave bullishly. Various academic studies have demonstrated the market-beating potential of this method if piggybackers understand where to look (learn more here).

Consequently, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action encompassing Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS).

Hedge fund activity in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS)

In preparation for this year, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -16% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the largest position in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS). Citadel Investment Group has a $116 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is David Keidan of Buckingham Capital Management, with a $39 million position; the fund has 3.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, Scott Burney’s Bluefin Investment Management and Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments.

Judging by the fact that Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedgies who were dropping their full holdings heading into 2013. Interestingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies dropped the largest position of all the hedgies we track, totaling close to $8 million in stock.. Dmitry Balyasny’s fund, Balyasny Asset Management, also sold off its stock, about $8 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds heading into 2013.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns demonstrated by our time-tested strategies, everyday investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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