Is Mitek Systems, Inc. (MITK) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK)Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK) was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. MITK has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with MITK holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a gander at the recent action regarding Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK).

How have hedgies been trading Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management had the biggest position in Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK), worth close to $2.8 million, accounting for 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Richard Driehaus of Driehaus Capital, with a $1.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies that are bullish include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Seeing as Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK) has faced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, we can see that there is a sect of funds who sold off their positions entirely in Q1. At the top of the heap, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group sold off the largest position of all the hedgies we track, totaling about $0.1 million in stock. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

What have insiders been doing with Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Mitek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MITK). These stocks are NetSol Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:NTWK), ARC Document Solutions Inc (NYSE:ARC), PC Tel Inc (NASDAQ:PCTI), FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:FALC), and Exa Corp (NASDAQ:EXA). All of these stocks are in the application software industry and their market caps are closest to MITK’s market cap.

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