Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) was in 66 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. YHOO has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 71 hedge funds in our database with YHOO holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action encompassing Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO).
How have hedgies been trading Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 66 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -7% from the previous quarter.
Because Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has witnessed a declination in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there were a few fund managers that decided to sell off their full holdings last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan’s Tiger Global Management LLC said goodbye to the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we track, totaling about $278.6 million in stock.. James Dinan’s fund, York Capital Management, also sold off its stock, about $125.8 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 5 funds last quarter.
How have insiders been trading Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)?
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). These stocks are Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP), Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD), and Baidu.com, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU). This group of stocks are in the internet information providers industry and their market caps match YHOO’s market cap.