Hedge Funds Are Buying Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN)

Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN)Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. WERN investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with WERN holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the key action regarding Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN).

Hedge fund activity in Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN)

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 54% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN), worth close to $19 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $13 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management and Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names have jumped into Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) headfirst. SG Capital Management, managed by Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider, created the largest position in Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN). SG Capital Management had 6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Fichthorn’s Dialectic Capital Management also made a $4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new WERN investors: Ken Brodkowitz and Mike Vermut’s Newland Capital, Anil Stevens and Glenn Shapiro’s Parameter Capital Management, and Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital.

How are insiders trading Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by the aforementioned research, retail investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) is no exception.

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