Demand Media Inc (DMD): Hedge Fund and Insider Sentiment Unchanged, What Should You Do?

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What’s more, let’s study the recent info for Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD).

Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD)

What does the smart money think about Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier.

Since Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD) has experienced declining interest from the smart money’s best and brightest, we can see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies who were dropping their full holdings in Q1. At the top of the heap, Mark N. Diker’s Diker Management sold off the largest investment of the 450+ funds we watch, comprising about $4.3 million in stock. Jay Petschek and Steven Major’s fund, Corsair Capital Management, also dropped its stock, about $0.8 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Insider trading activity in Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD)

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD). These stocks are DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK), Angie’s List Inc (NASDAQ:ANGI), Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ:DRIV), InterNAP Network Services (NASDAQ:INAP), and VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEAMEX:VHC). This group of stocks are the members of the internet software & services industry and their market caps are similar to DMD’s market cap.

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