Websense Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. WBSN investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with WBSN positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Now, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action encompassing Websense Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN).
How have hedgies been trading Websense Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN)?
Heading into Q2, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter.
As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Shannon River Fund Management, managed by Spencer M. Waxman, assembled the most valuable position in Websense Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN). Shannon River Fund Management had 16.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Christopher Zepf and Brian Thonn’s Kingdom Ridge Capital also made a $5.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new WBSN positions are Christopher Zepf and Brian Thonn’s Kingdom Ridge Capital and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.
How have insiders been trading Websense Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Websense Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Websense Inc. (NASDAQ:WBSN). These stocks are COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), EnerNOC, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENOC), Performant Financial Corp (NASDAQ:PFMT), Envestnet Inc (NYSE:ENV), and Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI). This group of stocks are the members of the business services industry and their market caps are closest to WBSN’s market cap.