Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months.

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Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the recent action regarding Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII).

What does the smart money think about Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 4% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Discovery Capital Management, managed by Rob Citrone, holds the largest position in Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII). Discovery Capital Management has a $51 million billion position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by OZ Management, managed by Daniel S. Och, which held a $42 million call position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management.

As one would reasonably expect, some big names have jumped into Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) headfirst. OZ Management, managed by Daniel S. Och, assembled the biggest call position in Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII). OZ Management had 42 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Curtis Macnguyen’s Ivory Capital (Investment Mgmt) also initiated a $12 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PII investors: John Fichthorn’s Dialectic Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, and Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates LP.

Insider trading activity in Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 11 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results exhibited by our tactics, retail investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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