Hedge Funds Are Buying Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (HSII)

Is Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII) going to take off soon? Investors who are in the know are buying. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 1 recently.

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Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII)Equally as integral, positive insider trading sentiment is another way to break down the stock market universe. There are a number of stimuli for an executive to sell shares of his or her company, but just one, very simple reason why they would buy. Plenty of academic studies have demonstrated the impressive potential of this method if “monkeys” know where to look (learn more here).

With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII).

What have hedge funds been doing with Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII), worth close to $8.4 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $1.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Consequently, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Wexford Capital, managed by Charles Davidson, initiated the most outsized position in Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII). Wexford Capital had 0.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

How have insiders been trading Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII). These stocks are Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC), Hudson Global Inc (NASDAQ:HSON), Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCRN), Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI), and CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI). This group of stocks are in the staffing & outsourcing services industry and their market caps are similar to HSII’s market cap.