Is PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Is PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH) a buy, sell, or hold? Investors who are in the know are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions improved by 3 lately.

In today’s marketplace, there are plenty of methods shareholders can use to watch the equity markets. Two of the most under-the-radar are hedge fund and insider trading sentiment. At Insider Monkey, our research analyses have shown that, historically, those who follow the best picks of the best money managers can outclass the S&P 500 by a very impressive amount (see just how much).

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a peek at the key action regarding PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH).

How are hedge funds trading PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH)?

At year’s end, a total of 28 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 12% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Pennant Capital Management, managed by Alan Fournier, holds the largest position in PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH). Pennant Capital Management has a $106 million position in the stock, comprising 2.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Scopia Capital, managed by Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich, which held a $98 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Debra Fine’s Fine Capital Partners, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management and John Thiessen’s Vertex One Asset Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, initiated the largest position in PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH). Arrowstreet Capital had 20 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Ruddockáand Steve Heinz’s Lansdowne Partners also made a $19 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new PHH positions are Philippe Jabre’s Jabre Capital Partners, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, and Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments.

How are insiders trading PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time period, PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by our research, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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