Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ)?

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the latest action surrounding Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ).

How have hedgies been trading Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -13% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, James Crichton and Adam Weiss’s Scout Capital Management had the biggest position in Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ), worth close to $147 million, accounting for 2.5% of its total 13F portfolio. On Scout Capital Management’s heels is Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, which held a $97 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors and SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management.

Since Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) has faced a declination in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few hedge funds that elected to cut their full holdings at the end of the year. At the top of the heap, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors dumped the biggest stake of the 450+ funds we track, comprising about $5 million in call options, and Robert B. Gillam of McKinley Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $5 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds at the end of the year.

What have insiders been doing with Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results demonstrated by Insider Monkey’s tactics, retail investors should always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) is an important part of this process.

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