Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Boyd Gaming Corp. calls draw crowds as shares rallyBoyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the key action surrounding Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD).

What does the smart money think about Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 33% 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 boosting their stakes significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Paul ReederáandáEdward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management had the most valuable position in Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), worth close to $43 million, accounting for 1.9% of its total 13F portfolio. On PAR Capital Management’s heels is H Partners Management, managed by Rehan Jaffer, which held a $26 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Boaz Weinstein’s Saba Capital and David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management LP.

Consequently, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Balyasny Asset Management, managed by Dmitry Balyasny, established the most valuable position in Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD). Balyasny Asset Management had 9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Eric Semler’s TCS Capital Management also made a $4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new BYD investors: David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

How are insiders trading Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results demonstrated by our time-tested strategies, everyday investors must always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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