Versar Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VSR) investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action regarding Versar Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VSR).
What does the smart money think about Versar Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VSR)?
Heading into 2013, a total of 4 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 33% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.
As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Platinum Management, managed by Mark A. Nordlicht, created the most outsized position in Versar Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VSR). Platinum Management had $0.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Versar Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VSR)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Versar Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VSR) has experienced 3 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Versar Inc. (NYSEAMEX:VSR). These stocks are ENGlobal Corp (NASDAQ:ENG), Lime Energy Co. (NASDAQ:LIME), UniTek Global Services Inc. (NASDAQ:UNTK), and WidePoint Corporation (NYSEAMEX:WYY). This group of stocks belong to the technical services industry and their market caps resemble VSR’s market cap.