Is AudioCodes Ltd. (AUDC) A Good Stock to Buy?

A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on AudioCodes Ltd. (NASDAQ:AUDC).

Is AudioCodes Ltd. (NASDAQ:AUDC) a good stock to buy now? Prominent investors are in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings moved up by 3 recently. AUDC was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with AUDC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AUDC to other stocks including Arctic Cat Inc (NASDAQ:ACAT), Abeona Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ABEO), and Agile Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AGRX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about AudioCodes Ltd. (NASDAQ:AUDC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 75% jump from one quarter earlier, pushing the number of bullish hedge fund positions to a yearly high. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Richard Mashaal’s RIMA Senvest Management has the largest position in AudioCodes Ltd. (NASDAQ:AUDC), worth close to $16 million, comprising 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Benjamin A. Smith of Laurion Capital Management, with a $1.4 million position. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and George Soros’ Soros Fund Management. We should note that Soros Fund Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.