Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Manhattan Associates, Inc. (MANH)

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Should Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH) investors track the following data?

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Now that that’s out of the way, it’s important to examine the recent info surrounding Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH).

How are hedge funds trading Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 21% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH)According to our 13F database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH). Royce & Associates has a $42.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $35.9 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Jesse Ro’s Tiger Legatus Capital and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management.

Now, specific money managers have jumped into Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH) headfirst. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, established the largest position in Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH). Royce & Associates had 42.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $35.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Jesse Ro’s Tiger Legatus Capital, and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH). These stocks are Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNCR), NIC Inc. (NASDAQ:EGOV), Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS), RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ:RP), and Advent Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADVS). This group of stocks are the members of the application software industry and their market caps are closest to MANH’s market cap.

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