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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Yelp Inc (YELP): Inc (SOHU), InterXion Holding NV (INXN)

Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently.

Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP)

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Consequently, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action encompassing Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP).

What have hedge funds been doing with Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -31% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Robert Karr’s Joho Capital had the biggest position in Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP), worth close to $18 million, accounting for 2.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Coatue Management, managed by Philippe Laffont, which held a $14 million position; 2.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Drew Cupps’s Cupps Capital Management, Robert Pitts’s Steadfast Capital Management and Scott Fine and Peter Richards’s Empire Capital Management.

Since Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) has witnessed a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, we can see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds that decided to sell off their full holdings in Q4. Intriguingly, Daniel Benton’s Andor Capital Management dumped the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, worth about $14 million in stock., and SAC Subsidiary of CR Intrinsic Investors was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $4 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds in Q4.

What have insiders been doing with Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 15 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP). These stocks are Inc (NASDAQ:SOHU), InterXion Holding NV (NYSE:INXN), Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN), and Kayak Software Corp (NASDAQ:KYAK). This group of stocks belong to the internet information providers industry and their market caps are similar to YELP’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling Inc (NASDAQ:SOHU) 15 0 1
InterXion Holding NV (NYSE:INXN) 19 0 0
Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY) 14 0 9
OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) 17 0 4
Kayak Software Corp (NASDAQ:KYAK) 8 0 0

With the returns demonstrated by Insider Monkey’s strategies, everyday investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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