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Should You Avoid CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP)? – Exfo Inc (NASDAQ:EXFO), Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX)

CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months.

CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a look at the recent action encompassing CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP).

How are hedge funds trading CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

Of the funds we track, Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners had the biggest position in CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP), worth close to $7 million, comprising 1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Robert B. Gillam of McKinley Capital Management, with a $5 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors.

Because CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) has witnessed falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds that elected to cut their positions entirely heading into 2013. Interestingly, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, valued at close to $0 million in stock. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

How are insiders trading CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP). These stocks are Exfo Inc (NASDAQ:EXFO), Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR), Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL), Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX), and Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT). This group of stocks are in the communication equipment industry and their market caps match CAMP’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Exfo Inc (NASDAQ:EXFO) 2 0 0
Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR) 8 0 0
Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL) 11 0 1
Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX) 12 1 1
Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT) 10 0 0

With the returns exhibited by the aforementioned studies, retail investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP) is no exception.

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