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Is Guidewire Software Inc (GWRE) A Good Stock To Buy?

Hedge funds are not perfect. They have their bad picks just like everyone else. Micron, a stock hedge funds have loved, lost 50% during the last 12 months ending in October 30. Although hedge funds are not perfect, their consensus picks do deliver solid returns, however. Our data show the top 30 S&P 500 stocks among hedge funds at the end of September 2014 yielded an average return of 9.5% in the same time period, vs. a gain of 5.2% for the S&P 500 Index. Because hedge funds have a lot of resources and their consensus picks do well, we pay attention to what they think. In this article, we analyze what the elite funds think of Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE).

Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. GWRE has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with GWRE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GWRE to other stocks including Colfax Corp (NYSE:CFX), CPFL Energia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CPL), and EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE:EPAM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the key action encompassing Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE).

What does the smart money think about Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, White Elm Capital, managed by Matthew Iorio, holds the most valuable position in Guidewire Software Inc (NYSE:GWRE). White Elm Capital has an $30.2 million position in the stock, comprising 3.1% of its 13F portfolio. On White Elm Capital’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, holding an $29.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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