This LinkedIn Corp (LNKD) Data Will Have You Buying More Stock!

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This LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) data is promising.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to study the latest info surrounding LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD).

LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)

How have hedgies been trading LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 45 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 13% from the first 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 significantly.

According to our 13F database, JAT Capital Management, managed by John Thaler, holds the most valuable position in LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD). JAT Capital Management has a $182.7 million position in the stock, comprising 7.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Coatue Management, managed by Philippe Laffont, which held a $171.7 million position; the fund has 1.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Paul Ruddock and Steve Heinz’s Lansdowne Partners, Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Consequently, certain bigger names were breaking ground themselves. JAT Capital Management, managed by John Thaler, created the most valuable position in LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD). JAT Capital Management had 182.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management also initiated a $171.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Paul Ruddockáand Steve Heinz’s Lansdowne Partners, Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Insider trading activity in LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 13 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD). These stocks are Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP), Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX),, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU), and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO). This group of stocks are the members of the internet information providers industry and their market caps are similar to LNKD’s market cap.

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