Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately; stagnancy is a negative development in our experience.
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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the key action encompassing Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN).
Hedge fund activity in Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN)
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 33 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier.
Since Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) has faced stagnant interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there is a sect of hedge funds that elected to cut their full holdings in Q1. Interestingly, Larry Foley and Paul Farrell’s Bronson Point Partners cut the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, totaling close to $13.3 million in stock.. Daniel Arbess’s fund, Xerion, also dropped its stock, about $8.7 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
What have insiders been doing with Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time period, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN). These stocks are Marriott International Inc (NYSE:MAR), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE:HOT), Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), Expedia Inc (NASDAQ:EXPE), and InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:IHG). This group of stocks are in the lodging industry and their market caps are similar to WYN’s market cap.