Hedge Funds Are Buying Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN)

Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action surrounding Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN).

What have hedge funds been doing with Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 8% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Fir Tree, managed by Jeffrey Tannenbaum, holds the largest position in Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN). Fir Tree has a $108 million position in the stock, comprising 2.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Brian Taylor of Pine River Capital Management, with a $28 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism include Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Consequently, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Highbridge Capital Management, managed by Glenn Russell Dubin, initiated the most valuable position in Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN). Highbridge Capital Management had 9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Perella Weinberg Partners also made a $3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments, Israel Englander’s Catapult Capital Management, and Lisa Rapuano’s Lane Five Capital.

How have insiders been trading Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by our strategies, retail investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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