8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT) was in 11 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. EGHT shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with EGHT positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, we're going to take a glance at the latest action encompassing 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT).
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 10% from the first quarter. With hedgies' sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Archon Capital Management, managed by Constantinos J. Christofilis, holds the biggest position in 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT). Archon Capital Management has a $25.9 million position in the stock, comprising 13.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Driehaus Capital, managed by Richard Driehaus, which held a $7.7 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Robert B. Gillam's McKinley Capital Management, Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies and Matthew Hulsizer's PEAK6 Capital Management.
As aggregate interest increased, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Tudor Investment Corp, managed by Paul Tudor Jones, established the most outsized position in 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT). Tudor Investment Corp had 0.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander's Millennium Management also initiated a $0.3 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors.
Insider buying is most useful when the company we're looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT). These stocks are CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP), Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT), Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX), Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL), and Vocera Communications Inc (NYSE:VCRA). All of these stocks are in the communication equipment industry and their market caps are closest to EGHT's market cap.