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Paychex, Inc. (PAYX): Insiders Are Dumping, Should You? – Team Health Holdings LLC (TMH), Manpowergroup Inc (MAN)

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Is Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) an excellent investment now? Money managers are taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets stayed the same which is a slightly negative development in our experience

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Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the key action encompassing Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX).

What have hedge funds been doing with Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX)?

At year’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% 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 considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group had the biggest position in Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX), worth close to $98.5 million, comprising 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson of Adage Capital Management, with a $14 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Seeing as Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) has experienced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers who were dropping their entire stakes at the end of the year. Interestingly, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group said goodbye to the largest stake of all the hedgies we monitor, valued at about $1.6 million in stock., and Louis Bacon of Moore Global Investments was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $1 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 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 Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX). These stocks are On Assignment, Inc. (NYSE:ASGN), 51job, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JOBS), Team Health Holdings LLC (NYSE:TMH), Manpowergroup Inc (NYSE:MAN), and Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE:RHI). This group of stocks belong to the staffing & outsourcing services industry and their market caps match PAYX’s market cap.

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