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CBIZ, Inc. (CBZ): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?

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CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. CBZ investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with CBZ positions at the end of the previous quarter.

CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ)

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Consequently, we’re going to take a gander at the key action surrounding CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ).

What have hedge funds been doing with CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 30% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, P2 Capital Partners, managed by Claus Moller, holds the largest position in CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ). P2 Capital Partners has a $15.4 million position in the stock, comprising 2.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cardinal Capital, managed by Amy Minella, which held a $14.5 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Dreman Value Management, managed by David Dreman, created the most outsized position in CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ). Dreman Value Management had 3.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management also made a $1.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CBZ investors: Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

What have insiders been doing with CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ) has seen 2 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE:CBZ). These stocks are Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:CGX), Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX), Carbonite Inc (NASDAQ:CARB), Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:UEPS), and Safeguard Scientifics, Inc (NYSE:SFE). All of these stocks are in the business services industry and their market caps are closest to CBZ’s market cap.

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