CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL) was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. CRVL has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 3 hedge funds in our database with CRVL holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Consequently, we’re going to take a peek at the recent action encompassing CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL).
How are hedge funds trading CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL)?
In preparation for this year, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 67% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.
According to our comprehensive database, Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP had the most valuable position in CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL), worth close to $29.7 million, accounting for 1.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $22.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, initiated the biggest position in CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL). Millennium Management had 0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $0.4 million position during the quarter.
How are insiders trading CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CorVel Corporation (NASDAQ:CRVL). These stocks are Erie Indemnity Company (NASDAQ:ERIE), CNinsure Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CISG), National Financial Partners Corp. (NYSE:NFP), eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ:EHTH), and Crawford & Company (NYSE:CRD-B). This group of stocks belong to the insurance brokers industry and their market caps are similar to CRVL’s market cap.