Who’s Holding International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)?

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) was in 49 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. IBM has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 49 hedge funds in our database with IBM holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, let’s take a gander at the latest action surrounding International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM).

Hedge fund activity in International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 49 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)According to our comprehensive database, Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett, holds the most valuable position in International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM). Berkshire Hathaway has a $14.5304 billion position in the stock, comprising 17.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, with a $671.8 million position; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Seeing as International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has experienced falling interest from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few money managers who were dropping their full holdings in Q1. Intriguingly, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management cut the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we key on, comprising close to $35.1 million in stock.. Matthew Tewksbury’s fund, Stevens Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $29.7 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 12 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by the aforementioned strategies, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) is no exception.

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