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Geospace Technologies Corp (GEOS): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

Geospace Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:GEOS) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the key action encompassing Geospace Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:GEOS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Geospace Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:GEOS)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the biggest position in Geospace Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:GEOS). Millennium Management has a $37.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Drew Cupps of Cupps Capital Management, with a $17.6 million position; 1.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital and Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Capital Growth Management, managed by Ken Heebner, created the most outsized position in Geospace Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:GEOS). Capital Growth Management had 17.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management also made a $2.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments.

Insider trading activity in Geospace Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:GEOS)

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time period, Geospace Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:GEOS) 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 Geospace Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:GEOS). These stocks are ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE), Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW), Ixia (NASDAQ:XXIA), and Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR). All of these stocks are in the scientific & technical instruments industry and their market caps match GEOS’s market cap.

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