This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (VIP)

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VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP)

Keeping this in mind, it’s important to discuss the recent info surrounding VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP).

What have hedge funds been doing with VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management had the largest position in VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP), worth close to $114.2 million, accounting for 1.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Patrik Brummer’s Zenit Asset Management AB and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.

As industrywide interest increased, certain money managers have jumped into VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP) headfirst. Discovery Capital Management, managed by Rob Citrone, established the most valuable position in VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP). Discovery Capital Management had 114.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also made a $9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new VIP positions are Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Patrik Brummer’s Zenit Asset Management AB, and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.

What have insiders been doing with VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP). These stocks are TELUS Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TU), Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (ADR) (NYSE:MBT), Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S), SK Telecom Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:SKM), and Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE:TKC). This group of stocks are the members of the wireless communications industry and their market caps are similar to VIP’s market cap.

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