Accuray Incorporated (ARAY): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?

Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. ARAY has seen an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with ARAY holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action regarding Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY).

How are hedge funds trading Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the biggest position in Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY). Adage Capital Management has a $19.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by John Burbank of Passport Capital, with a $18.6 million position; the fund has 0.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Consequently, specific money managers have jumped into Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY) headfirst. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, created the most outsized position in Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY). Royce & Associates had 5.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management also made a $5.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new ARAY investors: Jay Venkatesen’s Ayer Capital Management, Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

What have insiders been doing with Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY) has seen 2 unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY). These stocks are GenMark Diagnostics, Inc (NASDAQ:GNMK), Natus Medical Inc (NASDAQ:BABY), Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NYSEAMEX:NAVB), Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS), and PhotoMedex Inc (NASDAQ:PHMD). This group of stocks are the members of the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps are closest to ARAY’s market cap.