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Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Sparton Corporation (SPA)?

SPARTON CORPSparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months.

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Now, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action regarding Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA).

How have hedgies been trading Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -20% from one quarter earlier.

Judging by the fact that Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA) has witnessed a declination in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers that slashed their entire stakes in Q1. At the top of the heap, Thomas E. Lynch’s Mill Road Capital Management cut the largest position of all the hedgies we monitor, totaling about $0.7 million in stock. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds in Q1.

How have insiders been trading Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA) has seen 4 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA). These stocks are Neonode, Inc (NASDAQ:NEON), Bel Fuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:BELFB), Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC), Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:MXWL), and American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:AMSC). This group of stocks are in the diversified electronics industry and their market caps are similar to SPA’s market cap.