Is Globecomm Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCOM) a great investment today? Money managers are in a bearish mood. The number of long hedge fund bets retreated by 1 in recent months.
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With these "truths" under our belt, we're going to take a peek at the latest action encompassing Globecomm Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCOM).
Heading into 2013, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -13% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money's capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.
Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce's Royce & Associates had the largest position in Globecomm Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCOM), worth close to $4.1 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $2.8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Joel Greenblatt's Gotham Asset Management, Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron's Algert Coldiron Investors and John Overdeck and David Siegel's Two Sigma Advisors.
Due to the fact that Globecomm Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCOM) has experienced a declination in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there were a few hedge funds that decided to sell off their full holdings last quarter. At the top of the heap, Israel Englander's Millennium Management cut the biggest stake of the 450+ funds we track, totaling an estimated $0.9 million in stock. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds last quarter.
Insider trading activity, especially when it's bullish, is at its handiest when the company we're looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Globecomm Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCOM) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Globecomm Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCOM). These stocks are Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ:SILC), Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ:DGII), and Extreme Networks, Inc (NASDAQ:EXTR). All of these stocks are in the networking & communication devices industry and their market caps are similar to GCOM's market cap.