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Is Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (CTSH) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) worth your attention right now? Hedge funds are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 9 lately.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH)

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action regarding Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH).

What have hedge funds been doing with Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 41 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 28% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital had the most valuable position in Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH), worth close to $663.8 million, comprising 3.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Alan Fournier of Pennant Capital Management, with a $144.6 million position; the fund has 2.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, James Crichton and Adam Weiss’s Scout Capital Management and Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Stevens Capital Management, managed by Matthew Tewksbury, established the largest position in Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH). Stevens Capital Management had 15.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management also initiated a $14.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new CTSH positions are Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

How are insiders trading Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 8 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 Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH). These stocks are NetSuite Inc (NYSE:N), Amdocs Limited (NYSE:DOX), Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM), Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), and Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP). This group of stocks belong to the business software & services industry and their market caps are closest to CTSH’s market cap.

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