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Should You Avoid COMSCORE, Inc. (SCOR)?

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COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. SCOR shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with SCOR holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action encompassing COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR).

What have hedge funds been doing with COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -23% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR)Of the funds we track, Eric Bannasch’s Cadian Capital had the most valuable position in COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), worth close to $60.7 million, accounting for 1.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Sageview Capital, managed by Edward Gilhuly and Scott Stuart, which held a $49 million position; 15.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish include James A. Noonan’s Pivot Point Capital, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

Because COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR) has faced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of funds that elected to cut their full holdings in Q1. It’s worth mentioning that Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group cut the largest investment of the 450+ funds we monitor, totaling close to $1.1 million in stock.. Mike Vranos’s fund, Ellington, also dropped its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds in Q1.

What have insiders been doing with COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR). These stocks are Performant Financial Corp (NASDAQ:PFMT), American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI), Comverse Inc (NASDAQ:CNSI), Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT), and Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM). This group of stocks are the members of the business services industry and their market caps match SCOR’s market cap.

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