Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Neustar Inc (NSR) Anymore

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Is Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR) a good investment?

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Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR)

Furthermore, it’s important to study the newest info about Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR).

Hedge fund activity in Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR)

At Q2’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the most valuable position in Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR). Renaissance Technologies has a $79.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Edward Goodnow of Goodnow Investment Group, with a $44 million position; 8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Spencer M. Waxman’s Shannon River Fund Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

Due to the fact Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR) has faced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedge funds that elected to cut their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we track, valued at about $3.8 million in stock, and Matthew Tewksbury of Stevens Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $1.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR). These stocks are Cogent Communications Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCOI), Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR), Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT), and Telecom Argentina S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TEO). This group of stocks are the members of the diversified communication services industry and their market caps match NSR’s market cap.

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