Interactive Intelligence Group Inc (ININ), Ebix Inc (EBIX): Here is What Hedge Funds Think About CSG Systems International, Inc. (CSGS)

CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months.

CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action regarding CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS).

What have hedge funds been doing with CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS)?

At year’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 15% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS). Renaissance Technologies has a $32 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Ric Dillon of Diamond Hill Capital, with a $13 million position; 0% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Anthony Bozza’s Lakewood Capital Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have jumped into CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS) headfirst. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, established the most outsized position in CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS). Citadel Investment Group had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments also made a $0 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Mark A. Nordlicht’s Platinum Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS). These stocks are NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT), Servicesource International Inc (NASDAQ:SREV), Descartes Systems Group (USA) (NASDAQ:DSGX), Ebix Inc (NASDAQ:EBIX), and Interactive Intelligence Group Inc (NASDAQ:ININ). This group of stocks are the members of the business software & services industry and their market caps match CSGS’s market cap.