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Dover Motorsports, Inc. (DVD): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Is Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD) going to take off soon? Hedge funds are becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 1 recently.

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a glance at the key action regarding Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD).

How have hedgies been trading Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 17% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD)When looking at the hedgies we track, Jim Roumell’s Roumell Asset Management had the biggest position in Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD), worth close to $3.4 million, accounting for 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack of Nantahala Capital Management, with a $2.9 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments and Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, assembled the most outsized position in Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD). Ariel Investments had 1.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

Insider trading activity in Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero 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 Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD). These stocks are Life Time Fitness, Inc. (NYSE:LTM), International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA), Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), and Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLUB). This group of stocks belong to the sporting activities industry and their market caps match DVD’s market cap.