Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (BRCD): A Couple Bearish Metrics To Know

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months.

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Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD)

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Consequently, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action regarding Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD).

Hedge fund activity in Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD)

At year’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -5% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Elliott Management, managed by Paul Singer, holds the biggest position in Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD). Elliott Management has a $80.5 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Elliott Management’s heels is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $73.1 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management.

Because Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) has witnessed falling interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there is a sect of hedgies who sold off their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates cut the biggest stake of all the hedgies we key on, valued at close to $1.3 million in stock., and Philippe Jabre of Jabre Capital Partners was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $1.2 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time frame, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD). These stocks are Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX), NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ:WDC), Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), and Fusion-IO, Inc. (NYSE:FIO). All of these stocks are in the data storage devices industry and their market caps are similar to BRCD’s market cap.