Hedge Funds Are Betting On Viad Corp (VVI)

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Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI)

Keeping this in mind, we’re going to study the recent info surrounding Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI).

How are hedge funds trading Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 10% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

According to our 13F database, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the largest position in Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI), worth close to $6 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $5.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names have been driving this bullishness. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, initiated the most valuable position in Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI). Citadel Investment Group had 6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates also made a $5.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new VVI investors: Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

How are insiders trading Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI). These stocks are Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM), COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), Performant Financial Corp (NASDAQ:PFMT), Websense Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN), and Envestnet Inc (NYSE:ENV). This group of stocks are in the business services industry and their market caps are similar to VVI’s market cap.

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