Ballantyne Strong Inc (BTN): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Ballantyne Strong Inc (NYSEAMEX:BTN) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. BTN shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with BTN positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action encompassing Ballantyne Strong Inc (NYSEAMEX:BTN).

Hedge fund activity in Ballantyne Strong Inc (NYSEAMEX:BTN)

Heading into 2013, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments had the largest position in Ballantyne Strong Inc (NYSEAMEX:BTN), worth close to $3.2 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Ariel Investments’s heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $1.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

How are insiders trading Ballantyne Strong Inc (NYSEAMEX:BTN)?

Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Ballantyne Strong Inc (NYSEAMEX:BTN) has seen 3 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).