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Hedge Funds Are Selling Zix Corporation (ZIXI)

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Is Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI) worth your attention right now? Money managers are getting less bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions shrunk by 2 lately.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the latest action regarding Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI).

Hedge fund activity in Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI)

Heading into Q2, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -25% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI)Of the funds we track, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management had the biggest position in Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI), worth close to $0.8 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $0.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Because Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI) has faced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there was a specific group of fund managers that slashed their full holdings in Q1. At the top of the heap, Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments dumped the largest investment of the 450+ funds we monitor, valued at close to $0.4 million in stock.. Matthew Hulsizer’s fund, PEAK6 Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds in Q1.

How are insiders trading Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI) has seen 5 unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Zix Corporation (NASDAQ:ZIXI). These stocks are Unwired Planet Inc (NASDAQ:UPIP), Market Leader Inc (NASDAQ:LEDR), QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA), American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA), and Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS). This group of stocks belong to the application software industry and their market caps match ZIXI’s market cap.

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