Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (AHS) Anymore

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a glance at the key action encompassing AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS).

What have hedge funds been doing with AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -6% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the biggest position in AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS). Renaissance Technologies has a $9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Robert B. Gillam of McKinley Capital Management, with a $4.3 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies with similar optimism include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Seeing as AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS) has faced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few hedge funds who sold off their positions entirely heading into Q2. At the top of the heap, James Pallotta’s Raptor Capital Management sold off the biggest investment of all the hedgies we monitor, totaling about $1.4 million in stock., and D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $0.3 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds heading into Q2.

What have insiders been doing with AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS). These stocks are DICE HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:DHX), Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI), Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE:CODI), and Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA). This group of stocks are in the staffing & outsourcing services industry and their market caps resemble AHS’s market cap.