Cybersecurity firms including FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE) were boosted mid-day yesterday after the New York Stock Exchange halted trading due to a glitch which was initially thought to have been a breach. Though market officials were quick to clarify that it was an internal problem and not an attack from the outside, FireEye saw its stock rise to as high as $48.60 per share by mid-day when trading was stopped for three hours, up 4.63% from its low of $46.45 per share earlier, before finally settling at a closing price of $47.56 yesterday. Technical problems also plagued United Airlines and The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, heightening fears that there was a concerted cyber attack on the United States. FireEye’s stock closed at $47.65 per share on Tuesday, July 7, and was being battered yesterday morning before the cybersecurity scare. The stock has hit a high of $49.00 per share in pre-market trading this morning as investors continue to find security in the security of the cybersecurity company.
FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE) and other cybersecurity firms tend to see a spike in their share price when high-profile breaches happen. The confidence people have in stocks like FireEye when these incidents happen appear to be mirrored in the increase of hedge fund interest the firm received in the first quarter. Heading into the second quarter, a total of 43 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up 16% from 37 hedge funds one quarter earlier. The total value of their holdings also increased to $573.19 million by March 31, up 26.17% from $454.32 million the prior quarter, though it should be noted that stock’s price increased by 24.29% in the first three months of the year.
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Another area Insider Monkey follows is insider purchases or sales of stocks. These transactions can tell people whether certain key insiders of companies are betting on their stocks. For FireEye, there were no purchases by insiders recorded in the first six months of the year, while the most recent sale was of 13,000 shares by General Counsel Alexa King on June 22 and 23.
Keeping this in mind, we’re going to view the recent action encompassing FireEye Inc.