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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Radware Ltd. (RDWR)

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Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest of late.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action regarding Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR).

What have hedge funds been doing with Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR)Of the funds we track, Eric Bannasch’s Cadian Capital had the most valuable position in Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR), worth close to $71.3 million, comprising 2% of its total 13F portfolio. On Cadian Capital’s heels is James Dinan of York Capital Management, with a $36.9 million position; the fund has 0.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital and Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital.

Because Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR) has experienced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few funds that slashed their entire stakes in Q1. Interestingly, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors said goodbye to the largest stake of the 450+ funds we watch, comprising about $15 million in stock., and D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $1.7 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How have insiders been trading Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time frame, Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR). These stocks are iGATE Corporation (NASDAQ:IGTE), EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE:EPAM), Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS), Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ:VRTU), and Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE). All of these stocks are in the information technology services industry and their market caps resemble RDWR’s market cap.

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