Is Pitney Bowes Inc. (PBI) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) investors: listen up.


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Pitney Bowes (PBI)


Now that that's out of the way, we're going to examine the latest info for Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI).

How have hedgies been trading Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI)?


Heading into Q3, a total of 24 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 9% from the previous quarter. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an "upper tier" of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.


Out of the hedge funds we follow, Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Donald Chiboucis, holds the largest position in Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI). Columbus Circle Investors has a $77.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Iridian Asset Management, managed by David Cohen and Harold Levy, which held a $67.9 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Boaz Weinstein's Saba Capital, John Thaler's JAT Capital Management and Matt McLennan's First Eagle Investment Management.


Now, certain bigger names have been driving this bullishness. Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Donald Chiboucis, assembled the most outsized position in Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI). Columbus Circle Investors had 77.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Cohen and Harold Levy's Iridian Asset Management also made a $67.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Boaz Weinstein's Saba Capital, John Thaler's JAT Capital Management, and Matt McLennan's First Eagle Investment Management.

How have insiders been trading Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI)?


Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero 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 Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI). These stocks are Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL), HNI Corp (NYSE:HNI), Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR), Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS), and VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE:PAY). This group of stocks are the members of the business equipment industry and their market caps resemble PBI's market cap.
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Company Name
# of Hedge Funds
# of Insiders Buying
# of Insiders Selling

Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL)
11
0
0

HNI Corp (NYSE:HNI)
7
0
0

Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR)
11
0
0

Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS)
13
0
0

VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE:PAY)
17
0
0

Using the returns explained by the previously mentioned analyses, average investors must always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) is no exception.


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