Vantiv Inc (VNTV): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV) the right pick for your portfolio? The best stock pickers are taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by 2 lately.

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the key action regarding Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV).

How are hedge funds trading Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -10% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Vantiv Inc (VNTV)When looking at the hedgies we track, Christopher Lord’s Criterion Capital had the largest position in Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV), worth close to $35 million, accounting for 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Newbrook Capital Advisors, managed by Robert Boucai, which held a $8.9 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish include Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors, Seymour Sy Kaufman and Michael Stark’s Crosslink Capital and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Due to the fact that Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV) has faced falling interest from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few money managers who sold off their entire stakes at the end of the first quarter. Intriguingly, Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital said goodbye to the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, totaling close to $17.7 million in stock.. Anand Parekh’s fund, Alyeska Investment Group, also cut its stock, about $16.1 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds at the end of the first quarter.

How have insiders been trading Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 27 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV). These stocks are athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN), Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL), Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN), FleetCor Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FLT), and Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS). This group of stocks are in the business services industry and their market caps are similar to VNTV’s market cap.

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