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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (SWIR)

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Is it smart to be bullish on Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR)?

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Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR)

What’s more, it’s important to examine the recent info about Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR).

How have hedgies been trading Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 11% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

According to our 13F database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR). Royce & Associates has a $14.7 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Roumell Asset Management, managed by Jim Roumell, which held a $7.1 million position; 4.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Peter A. Wright’s P.A.W. CAPITAL PARTNERS, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names have been driving this bullishness. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, created the largest position in Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR). Royce & Associates had 14.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Roumell’s Roumell Asset Management also made a $7.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new SWIR investors: Peter A. Wright’s P.A.W. CAPITAL PARTNERS, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Insider trading activity in Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR). These stocks are Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL), Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX), Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT), CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP), and Exfo Inc (NASDAQ:EXFO). This group of stocks are in the communication equipment industry and their market caps are closest to SWIR’s market cap.

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