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Thus, it’s important to analyze the latest info surrounding Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX).
What have hedge funds been doing with Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX)?
At Q2’s end, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 9% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.
Out of the hedge funds we follow, Eminence Capital, managed by Ricky Sandler, holds the biggest position in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX). Eminence Capital has a $59.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $40.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.
Now, particular hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Eminence Capital, managed by Ricky Sandler, initiated the largest position in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX). Eminence Capital had 59.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management also made a $40.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new EFX positions are David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners, and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.
How have insiders been trading Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX)?
Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 11 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 Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX). These stocks are Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC), ORIX Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:IX), SLM Corp (NASDAQ:SLM), CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT), and The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU). This group of stocks are the members of the credit services industry and their market caps match EFX’s market cap.