Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Kelly Services, Inc. (KELYA)

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Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. KELYA has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with KELYA positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action regarding Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA).

Hedge fund activity in Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA)

Heading into Q2, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 9% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA), worth close to $19.4 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Third Avenue Management, managed by Martin Whitman, which held a $5.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Hutchin Hill Capital, managed by Neil Chriss, created the most outsized position in Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA). Hutchin Hill Capital had 0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital also initiated a $0.6 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new KELYA position is Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Insider trading activity in Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA)

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA). These stocks are Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI), Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC), DICE HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:DHX), Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE:CODI), and AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS). This group of stocks are the members of the staffing & outsourcing services industry and their market caps are closest to KELYA’s market cap.

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