The Geo Group, Inc. (GEO): Hedge Funds Are Bearish and Insiders Are Undecided, What Should You Do?

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What’s more, let’s analyze the latest info for The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO).

How have hedgies been trading The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -20% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO)According to our 13F database, Scopia Capital, managed by Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich, holds the biggest position in The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO). Scopia Capital has a $239.1 million position in the stock, comprising 6.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $45.2 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Because The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the smart money’s best and brightest, logic holds that there was a specific group of funds who were dropping their positions entirely heading into Q2. Intriguingly, Timothy S. Peterson’s Regiment Capital dumped the largest investment of the 450+ funds we watch, comprising about $22.4 million in stock. Curtis Schenker and Craig Effron’s fund, Scoggin, also dropped its stock, about $16.3 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds heading into Q2.

Insider trading activity in The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO)

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO). These stocks are American Science & Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASEI), Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), ADT Corp (NYSE:ADT), Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASCMA), and Brink’S Co (NYSE:BCO). This group of stocks are in the security & protection services industry and their market caps match GEO’s market cap.

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