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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD)

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What’s more, let’s discuss the newest info for Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD).

What does the smart money think about Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 29 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 16% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Blue Harbour Group, managed by Clifton S. Robbins, holds the most valuable position in Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD). Blue Harbour Group has a $127.3 million position in the stock, comprising 9.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $80.7 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that hold long positions include George Soros’s Soros Fund Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management.

Consequently, particular hedge funds have jumped into Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) headfirst. Blue Harbour Group, managed by Clifton S. Robbins, assembled the largest position in Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD). Blue Harbour Group had 127.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management also initiated a $80.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BRCD positions are George Soros’s Soros Fund Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management.

What have insiders been doing with Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, 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 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD). These stocks are Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX), NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ:WDC), Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), and Fusion-IO, Inc. (NYSE:FIO). All of these stocks are in the data storage devices industry and their market caps resemble BRCD’s market cap.

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