Is Isle of Capri Casinos (ISLE) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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What’s a smart Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE) investor to do?

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What’s more, let’s examine the recent info surrounding Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE).

How have hedgies been trading Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -13% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management had the biggest position in Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE), worth close to $13.9 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $8.3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Geoffrey Raynor’s Q Investments (Specter Holdings), D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

As Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE) has faced dropping sentiment from upper-tier hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of funds that slashed their positions entirely in Q1. At the top of the heap, Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management said goodbye to the largest stake of all the hedgies we key on, totaling an estimated $0.5 million in stock, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $0.1 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds in Q1.

How have insiders been trading Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time period, Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Isle of Capri Casinos (NASDAQ:ISLE). These stocks are Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), MTR Gaming Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTG), Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRI), The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), and Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE:BXG). This group of stocks are the members of the resorts & casinos industry and their market caps are closest to ISLE’s market cap.

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