Fisher Communications, Inc. (FSCI): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?

Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. FSCI has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with FSCI holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI)

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI).

How are hedge funds trading Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the largest position in Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI). GAMCO Investors has a $50.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. On GAMCO Investors’s heels is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $0.9 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Judging by the fact that Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI) has faced a declination in interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedgies who were dropping their entire stakes last quarter. At the top of the heap, Kelly Cardwell’s Central Square Management cut the largest investment of all the hedgies we track, worth an estimated $1.2 million in stock.. D. E. Shaw’s fund, D E Shaw, also cut its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How have insiders been trading Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI) has experienced 3 unique insiders purchasing, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI). These stocks are Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXST), Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OUTD), Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN), Entravision Communication (NYSE:EVC), and Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ:CETV). This group of stocks belong to the broadcasting – tv industry and their market caps are similar to FSCI’s market cap.