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This Metric Says You Are Smart to Sell Pendrell Corporation – Class A (PCO)

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Is Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO) a safe investment now? Prominent investors are in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets stayed the same which is a slightly negative development in our experience

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action surrounding Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO).

How have hedgies been trading Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO)?

At year’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management had the biggest position in Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO), worth close to $57.9 million, comprising 5.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Steelhead Partners, managed by Michael Johnston, which held a $8.1 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that are bullish include John Kleinheinz’s Kleinheinz Capital Partners, Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital and John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments.

Pendrell Corporation - Class A (NASDAQ:PCO)Because Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO) has faced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, we can see that there were a few hedge funds that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. Intriguingly, Curtis Schenker and Craig Effron’s Scoggin said goodbye to the largest position of all the hedgies we watch, valued at close to $0.3 million in stock. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Pendrell Corporation – Class A (NASDAQ:PCO). These stocks are NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NTLS), Maxcom Telecomunic S.A.B. de C.V. (ADR) (NYSE:MXT), USA Mobility Inc (NASDAQ:USMO), Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), and UTStarcom Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:UTSI). This group of stocks are the members of the wireless communications industry and their market caps are similar to PCO’s market cap.

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