Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Calix Inc (CALX) – CalAmp Corp. (CAMP), Allot Communications Ltd. (ALLT)

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Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. CALX investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with CALX holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a glance at the key action encompassing Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX).

What does the smart money think about Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Invicta Capital Management, managed by Gregory A. Weaver, holds the largest position in Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX). Invicta Capital Management has a $11.2 million position in the stock, comprising 5% of its 13F portfolio. On Invicta Capital Management’s heels is P.A.W. CAPITAL PARTNERS, managed by Peter A. Wright, which held a $7.7 million position; the fund has 6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Kingdon Capital, managed by Mark Kingdon, assembled the most outsized position in Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX). Kingdon Capital had 1.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also initiated a $0.4 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new CALX position is Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management.

How have insiders been trading Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Calix Inc (NYSE:CALX). These stocks are 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGHT), Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SWIR), CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP), Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT), and Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL). This group of stocks belong to the communication equipment industry and their market caps are closest to CALX’s market cap.

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