Is magicJack VocalTec Ltd (CALL) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL) undervalued? Prominent investors are turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions fell by 1 in recent months.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the key action regarding magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL).

What does the smart money think about magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL)?

At year’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -13% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL)When looking at the hedgies we track, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw had the most valuable position in magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL), worth close to $1.8 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $1.7 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Judging by the fact that magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL) has faced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers who were dropping their positions entirely in Q4. Interestingly, Guru Ramakrishnan’s Meru Capital dumped the largest investment of all the hedgies we key on, worth close to $3.4 million in stock., and Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $2.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds in Q4.

How are insiders trading magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to magicJack VocalTec Ltd (NASDAQ:CALL). These stocks are Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB), EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK), Hickory Tech Corporation (NASDAQ:HTCO), Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ:SHEN), and FairPoint Communications Inc (NASDAQ:FRP). This group of stocks are in the telecom services – domestic industry and their market caps are similar to CALL’s market cap.

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