Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About DealerTrack Technologies Inc (TRAK) Anymore

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DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK)DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. TRAK shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with TRAK positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action encompassing DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK).

Hedge fund activity in DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK)

At year’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -10% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management had the largest position in DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK), worth close to $47.4 million, comprising 2.8% of its total 13F portfolio. On Daruma Asset Management’s heels is Lanexa Global Management, managed by Ian P. Murray, which held a $2.5 million position; the fund has 3.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

Seeing as DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK) has witnessed falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there were a few funds that slashed their entire stakes in Q4. Intriguingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management said goodbye to the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds we track, totaling about $2.1 million in stock.. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s fund, Arrowstreet Capital, also dumped its stock, about $0.8 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds in Q4.

How have insiders been trading DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time period, DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to DealerTrack Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:TRAK). These stocks are J2 Global Inc (NASDAQ:JCOM), VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEAMEX:VHC), ExactTarget Inc (NYSE:ET), and Angie’s List Inc (NASDAQ:ANGI). This group of stocks belong to the internet software & services industry and their market caps match TRAK’s market cap.

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