This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN)

OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. OPEN has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with OPEN positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action surrounding OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN).

How are hedge funds trading OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 13% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Cantillon Capital Management, managed by William von Mueffling, holds the most valuable position in OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN). Cantillon Capital Management has a $52 million position in the stock, comprising 2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Valiant Capital, managed by Christopher R. Hansen, which held a $51 million position; the fund has 5.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, Robert Pitts’s Steadfast Capital Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Cantillon Capital Management, managed by William von Mueffling, initiated the biggest position in OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN). Cantillon Capital Management had 52 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Thaler’s JAT Capital Management also initiated a $9 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new OPEN investors: SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management, SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors, and Eric Semler’s TCS Capital Management.

What have insiders been doing with OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results exhibited by our research, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and OpenTable Inc (NASDAQ:OPEN) is no exception.

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