Hedge Funds Are Selling PTC Inc (PMTC) – National Instruments Corp (NATI), Concur Technologies, Inc. (CNQR)

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Is PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC) a buy right now? The smart money is becoming less hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets shrunk by 3 in recent months.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the recent action regarding PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC).

What does the smart money think about PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -20% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

Of the funds we track, Eric Bannasch’s Cadian Capital had the most valuable position in PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC), worth close to $57 million, comprising 1.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Clint Carlson of Carlson Capital, with a $14.2 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Joseph A. Jolson’s Harvest Capital Strategies and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Seeing as PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC) has witnessed a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there was a specific group of funds that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Bain Capital’s Brookside Capital said goodbye to the largest stake of all the hedgies we monitor, worth an estimated $50.1 million in stock.. Joseph A. Jolson’s fund, Harvest Capital Strategies, also cut its stock, about $9.8 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to PTC Inc (NASDAQ:PMTC). These stocks are Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL), ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW), Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT), National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI), and Concur Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNQR). This group of stocks are the members of the technical & system software industry and their market caps are similar to PMTC’s market cap.

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