This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy FTI Consulting, Inc. (FCN)

Should FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN) investors track the following data?

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FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN)

Furthermore, we’re going to analyze the newest info for FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN).

What does the smart money think about FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 86% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Intrepid Capital Management, managed by Mark Travis, holds the most valuable position in FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN). Intrepid Capital Management has a $36.9 million position in the stock, comprising 6.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Wallace Weitz of Wallace R. Weitz & Co., with a $6.1 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

Consequently, particular hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Intrepid Capital Management, managed by Mark Travis, initiated the largest position in FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN). Intrepid Capital Management had 36.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co. also initiated a $6.1 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new FCN investors: Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

How have insiders been trading FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN) has seen 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 FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN). These stocks are Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE), Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN), Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH), The Corporate Executive Board Company (NYSE:CEB), and Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH). All of these stocks are in the management services industry and their market caps match FCN’s market cap.