LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately.
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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a look at the recent action surrounding LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA).
What does the smart money think about LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA)?
At year’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 9% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.
Of the funds we track, Akre Capital Management, managed by Charles Akre, holds the most valuable position in LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA). Akre Capital Management has a $47.9 million position in the stock, comprising 3.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $45.1 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that hold long positions include Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company, James A. Noonan’s Pivot Point Capital and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.
As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, assembled the largest position in LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA). Millennium Management had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $0.6 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new LPLA position is John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.
What have insiders been doing with LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA)?
Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to LPL Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LPLA). These stocks are BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:BGCP), Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IBKR), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NYSE:AMTD), MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:MKTX), and E TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ETFC). This group of stocks are the members of the investment brokerage – national industry and their market caps are closest to LPLA’s market cap.