Should You Buy Groupon Inc (GRPN)?

Is Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) the right pick for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets inched up by 4 recently.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN).

How have hedgies been trading Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 19% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan’s Tiger Global Management LLC had the largest position in Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN), worth close to $397.8 million, comprising 6.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, with a $134.3 million position; the fund has 2.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include John Lykouretzos’s Hoplite Capital Management, Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management and Pasco Alfaro / Richard Tumure’s Miura Global Management.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) headfirst. JANA Partners, managed by Barry Rosenstein, initiated the most valuable position in Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN). JANA Partners had 134.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Lykouretzos’s Hoplite Capital Management also made a $71.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new GRPN positions are Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Jeffrey Jon Berney’s TriOaks Capital Management, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

Insider trading activity in Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN)

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN). These stocks are Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA), HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWAY), Youku Tudou Inc (ADR) (NYSE:YOKU), AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), and IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI). This group of stocks are the members of the internet information providers industry and their market caps are similar to GRPN’s market cap.