Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Finisar Corporation (FNSR)

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Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR) investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late.

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR)

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Now, let’s take a peek at the key action surrounding Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR).

What have hedge funds been doing with Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

Of the funds we track, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the most valuable position in Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR). Fisher Asset Management has a $58.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Platinum Asset Management, managed by Kerr Neilson, which held a $12.7 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Brigade Capital, managed by Don Morgan, created the largest position in Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR). Brigade Capital had 10.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management also initiated a $6.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new FNSR positions are Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Christopher Zepf and Brian Thonn’s Kingdom Ridge Capital, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Insider trading activity in Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR). These stocks are Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE:PANW), Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARUN), and Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RVBD). This group of stocks are in the networking & communication devices industry and their market caps are similar to FNSR’s market cap.

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