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This Metric Says You Are Smart to Sell Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) – Advent Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADVS), RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ:RP)

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Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately.

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Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the key action encompassing Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD).

How have hedgies been trading Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -17% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

Of the funds we track, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the most valuable position in Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD). GAMCO Investors has a $109 million position in the stock, comprising 0.8% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $29 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Judging by the fact that Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) has faced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there was a specific group of money managers that slashed their positions entirely at the end of the year. It’s worth mentioning that Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies cut the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, comprising an estimated $9 million in stock.. Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s fund, Algert Coldiron Investors, also dumped its stock, about $1 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds at the end of the year.

How are insiders trading Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) has experienced 2 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD). These stocks are Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS), Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR), Advent Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADVS), Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH), and RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ:RP). This group of stocks belong to the application software industry and their market caps are closest to DBD’s market cap.

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