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Interactive Intelligence Group Inc (ININ), Blackbaud, Inc. (BLKB): Hedge Funds Are Betting On NetScout Systems, Inc. (NTCT)

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NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action encompassing NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT).

What does the smart money think about NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT)?

At year’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 25% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Eric Bannasch’s Cadian Capital had the largest position in NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT), worth close to $22 million, accounting for 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. On Cadian Capital’s heels is Gregory A. Weaver of Invicta Capital Management, with a $15 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the RENAISSANCE TECHNOLOGIESstock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital and Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Kingdon Capital, managed by Mark Kingdon, created the most outsized position in NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT). Kingdon Capital had 3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital also initiated a $1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

Insider trading activity in NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT)

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT). These stocks are Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB), Interactive Intelligence Group Inc (NASDAQ:ININ), MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR), Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY), and Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA). This group of stocks are the members of the business software & services industry and their market caps are similar to NTCT’s market cap.

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