Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC): Insiders Are Dumping, Should You?

Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC)Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. BLC has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with BLC positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the recent action surrounding Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC).

What does the smart money think about Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors had the most valuable position in Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC), worth close to $30 million, accounting for 4.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $26 million position; 0% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Howard Guberman’s Gruss Asset Management and Steven Tananbaum’s GoldenTree Asset Management.

Judging by the fact that Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC) has experienced a declination in interest from the smart money, we can see that there were a few money managers who sold off their positions entirely at the end of the year. Interestingly, Kelly Cardwell’s Central Square Management cut the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, valued at an estimated $10 million in stock., and Robert B. Gillam of McKinley Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $2 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How have insiders been trading Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results shown by Insider Monkey’s tactics, retail investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC) is no exception.

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