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Amdocs Limited (DOX): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It But Hedge Funds Love It

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Thus, let’s discuss the newest info for Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX).

How are hedge funds trading Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 24 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 14% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX)When using filings from the hedgies we track, International Value Advisers, managed by Charles de Vaulx, holds the largest position in Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX). International Value Advisers has a $70.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital, with a $57.2 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Mark Travis’s Intrepid Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

As aggregate interest spiked, particular hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. International Value Advisers, managed by Charles de Vaulx, created the most outsized position in Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX). International Value Advisers had 70.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital also made a $57.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new DOX positions are Mark Travis’s Intrepid Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Insider trading activity in Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX)

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX). These stocks are Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY), Solera Holdings Inc (NYSE:SLH), Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE:TSS), Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM), and NetSuite Inc (NYSE:N). This group of stocks belong to the business software & services industry and their market caps are closest to DOX’s market cap.

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