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Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (SYKE): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Undecided, What Should You Do?

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Now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to examine the recent info about Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE).

Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE)

How have hedgies been trading Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 8% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE). Royce & Associates has a $14.1 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider of SG Capital Management, with a $6 million position; the fund has 2.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

With a general bullishness amongst the titans, particular hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, established the most outsized position in Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE). Royce & Associates had 14.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management also made a $6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SYKE positions are Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

How have insiders been trading Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYKE). These stocks are Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS), EPIQ Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:EPIQ), 21Vianet Group Inc (NASDAQ:VNET), Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ:VRTU), and Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR). This group of stocks are the members of the information technology services industry and their market caps are closest to SYKE’s market cap.

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