This Metric Says You Are Smart to Sell Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH)

Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH) was in 38 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. DLPH has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. There were 41 hedge funds in our database with DLPH holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a glance at the recent action surrounding Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH).

How have hedgies been trading Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 38 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -7% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Elliott Management, managed by Paul Singer, holds the biggest position in Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH). Elliott Management has a $969 million billion position in the stock, comprising 29.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Paulson & Co, managed by John Paulson, which held a $517 million position; 15.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Edward A. Mule’s Silver Point Capital, Mark T. Gallogly’s Centerbridge Partners and Dan Loeb’s Third Point.

Because Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH) has experienced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of money managers who were dropping their full holdings heading into 2013. It’s worth mentioning that Douglas Hirsch’s Seneca Capital cut the biggest stake of the 450+ funds we track, worth an estimated $28 million in stock., and Don Morgan of Brigade Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $28 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds heading into 2013.

How are insiders trading Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results exhibited by the aforementioned tactics, everyday investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH) is no exception.

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