Hedge Funds Are Selling Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG)

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Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently.


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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the recent action regarding Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG).

Hedge fund activity in Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG)

In preparation for this year, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Alden Global Capital, managed by Randall Smith, holds the biggest position in Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG). Alden Global Capital has a $6.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Alden Global Capital’s heels is Gotham Asset Management, managed by Joel Greenblatt, which held a $1.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Since Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG) has experienced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds who were dropping their full holdings heading into 2013. At the top of the heap, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management dropped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we monitor, valued at close to $3.2 million in stock.. Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s fund, Adage Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).Hedge Funds Are Selling Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG)

Insider trading activity in Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG)

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Zagg Inc (NASDAQ:ZAGG). These stocks are TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSEAMEX:TA), West Marine, Inc. (NASDAQ:WMAR), XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO), Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc (NASDAQ:OMEX), and CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE:CSS). This group of stocks are in the specialty retail, other industry and their market caps match ZAGG’s market cap.

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