Hedge Funds Are Selling DeVry Inc. (DV)

DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the latest action encompassing DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV).

What have hedge funds been doing with DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -30% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

DeVryWhen looking at the hedgies we track, John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments had the most valuable position in DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), worth close to $105.5 million, accounting for 1.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by International Value Advisers, managed by Charles de Vaulx, which held a $89.8 million position; 2.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism include Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Gregg J. Powers’s Private Capital Management.

Seeing as DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV) has faced declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there were a few fund managers that slashed their entire stakes heading into Q2. Intriguingly, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital dropped the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we track, totaling close to $53.5 million in stock.. Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack’s fund, Nantahala Capital Management, also cut its call options., about $8.1 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 7 funds heading into Q2.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV) has seen 2 unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV). These stocks are TAL Education Group (ADR) (NYSE:XRS), K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN), Grand Canyon Education Inc (NASDAQ:LOPE), The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO), and Apollo Group Inc (NASDAQ:APOL). This group of stocks belong to the education & training services industry and their market caps resemble DV’s market cap.