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Should You Buy Sapient Corporation (SAPE)?

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Thus, we’re going to analyze the latest info about Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ:SAPE).

Hedge fund activity in Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ:SAPE)

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 40% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ:SAPE)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ:SAPE), worth close to $44.9 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Clifton S. Robbins of Blue Harbour Group, with a $34.2 million position; 2.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies with similar optimism include Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co. and Glenn J. Krevlin’s Glenhill Advisors.

As industrywide interest increased, certain bigger names were breaking ground themselves. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, assembled the biggest position in Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ:SAPE). Royce & Associates had 44.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Clifton S. Robbins’s Blue Harbour Group also made a $34.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new SAPE investors: Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co., and Glenn J. Krevlin’s Glenhill Advisors.

What have insiders been doing with Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ:SAPE)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ:SAPE) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Sapient Corporation (NASDAQ:SAPE). These stocks are Qlik Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:QLIK), Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE), Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB), Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT), and Convergys Corporation (NYSE:CVG). This group of stocks belong to the business software & services industry and their market caps match SAPE’s market cap.

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