Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. PRAA investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with PRAA positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the latest action encompassing Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA).
Hedge fund activity in Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA)
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.
Of the funds we track, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management had the most valuable position in Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA), worth close to $1.6 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $1.2 million call position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.
Since Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA) has experienced a declination in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there were a few hedgies who sold off their full holdings at the end of the first quarter. Interestingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies sold off the biggest position of all the hedgies we monitor, worth an estimated $2.1 million in stock.. Steven Cohen’s fund, SAC Capital Advisors, also cut its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
What have insiders been doing with Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA). These stocks are HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY), Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (USA) (NYSE:RBA), Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX), RR Donnelley & Sons Co (NASDAQ:RRD), and Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE:LPS). This group of stocks are the members of the business services industry and their market caps match PRAA’s market cap.