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This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy MICROS Systems, Inc. (MCRS)

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Is MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS) a good investment?

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MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS)

Keeping this in mind, it’s important to discuss the newest info for MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS).

What have hedge funds been doing with MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 14% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

According to our 13F database, ValueAct Capital, managed by Jeffrey Ubben, holds the largest position in MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS). ValueAct Capital has a $289 million position in the stock, comprising 3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Robert Joseph Caruso of Select Equity Group, with a $135.9 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management.

As industrywide interest increased, certain money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. ValueAct Capital, managed by Jeffrey Ubben, created the largest position in MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS). ValueAct Capital had 289 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group also initiated a $135.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, and Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRS). These stocks are Splunk Inc (NASDAQ:SPLK), Cadence Design Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CDNS), Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT), CommVault Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVLT), and Open Text Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:OTEX). This group of stocks are the members of the application software industry and their market caps are similar to MCRS’s market cap.

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