Is Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM) a buy right now? The best stock pickers are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 1 lately.
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Consequently, let’s take a peek at the latest action surrounding Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM).
Hedge fund activity in Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM)
In preparation for this year, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 11% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.
Of the funds we track, David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital had the biggest position in Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM), worth close to $10 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On Greenlight Capital’s heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $8 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
Consequently, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. McKinley Capital Management, managed by Robert B. Gillam, assembled the most valuable position in Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM). McKinley Capital Management had 1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also initiated a $0 million position during the quarter.
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time frame, Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM). These stocks are Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ:CRNT), ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOR), Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ:MITL), Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW), and KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI). This group of stocks belong to the communication equipment industry and their market caps resemble SYMM’s market cap.