Hedge Funds Are Crazy About AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (ASIA)

AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. ASIA shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with ASIA positions at the end of the previous quarter.

AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA)

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the recent action surrounding AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA).

How are hedge funds trading AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA)?

At year’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 13% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Of the funds we track, Frank Brosens’s Taconic Capital had the largest position in AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA), worth close to $10.9 million, comprising 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On Taconic Capital’s heels is James Dinan of York Capital Management, with a $2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers have jumped into AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA) headfirst. York Capital Management, managed by James Dinan, assembled the biggest position in AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA). York Capital Management had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $0.2 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Philip Hempleman’s Ardsley Partners.

What have insiders been doing with AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to AsiaInfo-Linkage, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASIA). These stocks are Intralinks Holdings Inc (NYSE:IL), Sourcefire, Inc. (NASDAQ:FIRE), Brady Corp (NYSE:BRC), KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW), and Mantech International Corp (NASDAQ:MANT). All of these stocks are in the security software & services industry and their market caps resemble ASIA’s market cap.