Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. WMK has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with WMK positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Consequently, it’s important to take a peek at the recent action surrounding Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK).
How are hedge funds trading Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK)?
At year’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. 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 meaningfully.
According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK), worth close to $44.5 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $23 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
Seeing as Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK) has faced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few hedgies that decided to sell off their positions entirely last quarter. At the top of the heap, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management dumped the biggest stake of all the hedgies we key on, worth close to $0.2 million in stock. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
Insider trading activity in Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK)
Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK). These stocks are The Fresh Market Inc (NASDAQ:TFM), Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:CORE), Village Super Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:VLGEA), SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU), and Susser Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SUSS). This group of stocks belong to the grocery stores industry and their market caps are closest to WMK’s market cap.