Shares of Youku Tudou Inc (ADR) (NYSE:YOKU) tumbled as low as $24.60 per share on Friday, or over 10%, versus its closing price on Thursday. Youku appears to have been caught up in the wider nosedive of Chinese stocks on Friday, as there was no other trigger that would have spurred the stock downwards in such a way. Youku Tudou Inc is the largest internet television company in China and there are growing fears that the Chinese stock market is in a bubble that is likely to burst anytime soon. After the markets closed in China on Friday, those fears appear ready to be realized. The Shanghai Composite index slid 7.4% today, while the Shenzhen Composite, which is awash with technology stocks, dropped by 7.9%. The decrease in the Shanghai Composite index today is comparable to the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing over 1,300 points, TIME notes, while CNN Money says that hundreds of individual stocks in China lost the Chinese stock market daily limit of 10% within the day’s trading session.
Hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey appear to have predicted this coming decline, especially in the case of Youku Tudou Inc. At the end of the first three months of 2015, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long in this stock, down 13% from the end of 2014. Hedge funds also decreased their total stakes in the first quarter by 33.72% to $322.23 million from $486.19 million at the end of 2014. This is slightly counterbalanced though by a 29.81% drop in the company’s share price in the first quarter.
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We also follow insider transactions such as sales or purchases to deduce if a company’s top management are bullish on their firm’s stock. It should be noted, however, that no insider sales or purchases were recorded for Youku Tudou Inc (ADR) (NYSE:YOKU) during the first six months of the year.
With this, let’s examine the hedge fund transactions in Youku Tudou Inc (ADR) (NYSE:YOKU) of late.