Is Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM) going to take off soon? Prominent investors are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions advanced by 2 recently.
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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a peek at the latest action regarding Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM).
Hedge fund activity in Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM)
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 25% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Pivot Point Capital, managed by James A. Noonan, holds the biggest position in Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM). Pivot Point Capital has a $29.6 million position in the stock, comprising 16.6% of its 13F portfolio. On Pivot Point Capital’s heels is Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley of Polar Capital, with a $8.7 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors, Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners and Richard S. Meisenberg’s ACK Asset Management.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. ACK Asset Management, managed by Richard S. Meisenberg, assembled the largest position in Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM). ACK Asset Management had 5.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management also initiated a $0.6 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new EXAM investors: Israel Englander’s Catapult Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM)?
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM) has experienced 2 unique insiders buying, 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 Examworks Group, Inc. (NYSE:EXAM). These stocks are Performant Financial Corp (NASDAQ:PFMT), American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI), Comverse Inc (NASDAQ:CNSI), COMSCORE, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), and Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT). This group of stocks are the members of the business services industry and their market caps are closest to EXAM’s market cap.