Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest recently.
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Just as integral, bullish insider trading activity is another way to parse down the marketplace. As the old adage goes: there are plenty of motivations for a bullish insider to sell shares of his or her company, but only one, very obvious reason why they would initiate a purchase. Many academic studies have demonstrated the valuable potential of this method if piggybackers know where to look (learn more here).
Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG).
How have hedgies been trading Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG)?
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 21% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.
Of the funds we track, Silver Point Capital, managed by Edward A. Mule, holds the biggest position in Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG). Silver Point Capital has a $20.2 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $19.2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Eric Semler’s TCS Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.
Consequently, key hedge funds have jumped into Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG) headfirst. Whitebox Advisors, managed by Andy Redleaf, established the most valuable position in Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG). Whitebox Advisors had 0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital also initiated a $0.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.
What have insiders been doing with Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG)?
Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG). These stocks are Lumos Networks Corp (NASDAQ:LMOS), Cogent Communications Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCOI), RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET), Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM), and Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE:PGI). This group of stocks belong to the diversified communication services industry and their market caps are closest to VG’s market cap.