Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Korn/Ferry International (KFY)

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Is it smart to be bullish on Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY)?

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Now that that’s out of the way, let’s examine the latest info for Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY).

Hedge fund activity in Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY)

At Q2’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 13% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY)According to our 13F database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY). Royce & Associates has a $28.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is SG Capital Management, managed by Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider, which held a $8.3 million position; 3.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

As industrywide interest increased, particular hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, created the most valuable position in Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY). Royce & Associates had 28.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management also initiated a $8.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new KFY positions are Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

How are insiders trading Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Korn/Ferry International (NYSE:KFY). These stocks are DICE HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:DHX), Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA), AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS), Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE:CODI), and Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI). This group of stocks are in the staffing & outsourcing services industry and their market caps resemble KFY’s market cap.

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