Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (BITA)

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BITAUTO HOLDINGS LTDBitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. BITA has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with BITA holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA).

What have hedge funds been doing with Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 4 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -33% from one quarter earlier.

Due to the fact that Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA) has witnessed falling interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies who sold off their positions entirely in Q1. It’s worth mentioning that Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management said goodbye to the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, worth close to $1.6 million in stock., and Matthew Hulsizer of PEAK6 Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds in Q1.

How are insiders trading Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA). These stocks are HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSTM), Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), SouFun Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:SFUN), Move Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVE), and Renren Inc (NYSE:RENN). All of these stocks are in the internet information providers industry and their market caps are closest to BITA’s market cap.

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