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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Tyler Technologies, Inc. (TYL)

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Is Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL) a good investment?

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Now that that’s out of the way, it’s important to analyze the recent info for Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL).

Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL)

How are hedge funds trading Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -11% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

According to our 13F database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the most valuable position in Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL). Renaissance Technologies has a $36.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $24.6 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

Judging by the fact that Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL) has faced bearish sentiment from the smart money’s best and brightest, we can see that there is a sect of hedgies that elected to cut their full holdings last quarter. At the top of the heap, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group said goodbye to the largest investment of all the hedgies we key on, totaling about $3 million in stock. Israel Englander’s fund, Millennium Management, also dumped its stock, about $2.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL). These stocks are National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI), Concur Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNQR), PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC), Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT), and ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW). This group of stocks are in the technical & system software industry and their market caps are similar to TYL’s market cap.

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