TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?

Is TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are in a bullish mood. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 2 in recent months.

 TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC).

What have hedge funds been doing with TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Mason Hawkins’s Southeastern Asset Management had the largest position in TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC), worth close to $324 million, comprising 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $95 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Doug Silverman’s Senator Investment Group, Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital and James Dinan’s York Capital Management.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Senator Investment Group, managed by Doug Silverman, initiated the most outsized position in TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC). Senator Investment Group had 53 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. James Dinan’s York Capital Management also initiated a $43 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Nick Niell’s Arrowgrass Capital Partners, Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management, and SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors.

How are insiders trading TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC)?

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by the aforementioned studies, everyday investors must always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and TW Telecom Inc (NASDAQ:TWTC) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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