Hedge Funds Are Buying Pegasystems Inc. (PEGA)

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Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the recent action surrounding Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA).

How have hedgies been trading Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 43% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA)When looking at the hedgies we track, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the biggest position in Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA). Fisher Asset Management has a $20.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Sanford J. Colen of Apex Capital, with a $16.3 million position; 1.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

Now, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Ellington, managed by Mike Vranos, established the biggest position in Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA). Ellington had 0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors also initiated a $0.5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PEGA investors: Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.

What have insiders been doing with Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA). These stocks are Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB), Interactive Intelligence Group Inc (NASDAQ:ININ), MicroStrategy Incorporated (NASDAQ:MSTR), NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT), and Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY). This group of stocks are the members of the business software & services industry and their market caps are closest to PEGA’s market cap.

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