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Hedge Funds Are Selling Acxiom Corporation (ACXM)

Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. ACXM investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with ACXM positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM)

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Consequently, let’s take a look at the latest action encompassing Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM).

How are hedge funds trading Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -25% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management had the most valuable position in Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM), worth close to $76.2 million, accounting for 3.9% of its total 13F portfolio. On Daruma Asset Management’s heels is Freshford Capital Management, managed by Michael Doheny, which held a $32.4 million position; 4.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Thomas Ellis and Todd Hammer’s North Run Capital.

Due to the fact that Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM) has experienced falling interest from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies who were dropping their entire stakes last quarter. At the top of the heap, Jason F. Harris’s Kendall Square Capital cut the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we track, totaling about $1.9 million in stock.. Israel Englander’s fund, Millennium Management, also dumped its stock, about $1.7 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 5 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero 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 Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM). These stocks are Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR), Syntel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNT), Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS), EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE:EPAM), and iGATE Corporation (NASDAQ:IGTE). This group of stocks are in the information technology services industry and their market caps resemble ACXM’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR) 12 0 0
Syntel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNT) 11 0 6
Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS) 19 0 3
EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE:EPAM) 6 0 4
iGATE Corporation (NASDAQ:IGTE) 12 6 4

With the returns exhibited by the aforementioned time-tested strategies, everyday investors should always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM) is no exception.

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