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Furthermore, let’s study the newest info about Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (NYSE:RRTS).
How have hedgies been trading Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (NYSE:RRTS)?
In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -38% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.
Out of the hedge funds we follow, Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital had the most valuable position in Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (NYSE:RRTS), worth close to $21 million, accounting for 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, which held a $3.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.
Since Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (NYSE:RRTS) has witnessed declining interest from the top-tier hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedgies who sold off their positions entirely heading into Q2. Interestingly, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management dumped the largest investment of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling an estimated $7.6 million in stock. Richard S. Meisenberg’s fund, ACK Asset Management, also dropped its stock, about $4 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 5 funds heading into Q2.
Insider trading activity in Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (NYSE:RRTS)
Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (NYSE:RRTS) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc (NYSE:RRTS). These stocks are XPO Logistics Inc (NYSE:XPO), Air Transport Services Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG), UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:UTIW), Hub Group Inc (NASDAQ:HUBG), and Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ:FWRD). This group of stocks are the members of the air delivery & freight services industry and their market caps are closest to RRTS’s market cap.