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Is Keynote Systems, Inc. (KEYN) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN) undervalued? Prominent investors are selling. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went down by 2 in recent months.

Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the key action surrounding Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN).

How are hedge funds trading Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -22% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Empire Capital Management, managed by Scott Fine and Peter Richards, holds the most valuable position in Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN). Empire Capital Management has a $35.6 million position in the stock, comprising 3.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $8.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Because Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN) has experienced declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of money managers who sold off their full holdings heading into Q2. Interestingly, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital cut the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we key on, worth close to $3.3 million in stock.. Philip Hempleman’s fund, Ardsley Partners, also said goodbye to its stock, about $2.3 million worth. These moves are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds heading into Q2.

How are insiders trading Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 4 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 Keynote Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:KEYN). These stocks are ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLNK), Support.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRT), Vocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:VOCS), QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST), and ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CKSW). This group of stocks belong to the internet software & services industry and their market caps are similar to KEYN’s market cap.

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