Is ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI) an attractive stock to buy now? Prominent investors are in a bullish mood. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 1 lately.
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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a peek at the recent action surrounding ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI).
Hedge fund activity in ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI)
At year’s end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Select Equity Group, managed by Robert Joseph Caruso, holds the most valuable position in ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI). Select Equity Group has a $66 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Richard Blum of Blum Capital Partners, with a $57.8 million position; 9.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Robert Pitts’s Steadfast Capital Management.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Axial Capital, managed by Eliav Assouline and Marc Andersen, created the largest position in ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI). Axial Capital had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Himanshu H. Shah’s Shah Capital Management also initiated a $1.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ESI positions are Mike Vranos’s Ellington and Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital.
How have insiders been trading ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI)?
Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI). These stocks are Education Management Corp (NASDAQ:EDMC), GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX), Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC), Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA), and Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI). This group of stocks are the members of the education & training services industry and their market caps are similar to ESI’s market cap.
|Company Name||# of Hedge Funds||# of Insiders Buying||# of Insiders Selling|
|Education Management Corp (NASDAQ:EDMC)||6||1||0|
|GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX)||8||2||4|
|Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC)||3||1||1|
|Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA)||13||0||0|
|Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE:UTI)||10||1||4|
With the returns shown by Insider Monkey’s research, everyday investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE:ESI) is no exception.