Apple Inc. (AAPL), Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ): Is This Computer Hardware Company Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS) was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. AGYS investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with AGYS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. We’ll also take note of the larger players in the computer hardware space: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a look at the latest action surrounding Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS), Apple, and the rest of the key players in the computer hardware space.

What does the smart money think about Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS)?

At year’s end, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Michael Kaufman’s MAK Capital One had the biggest position in Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS), worth close to $59 million, comprising 12.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $3 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

How are insiders trading Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time period, Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS). These stocks are Unwired Planet Inc (NASDAQ:UPIP), Market Leader Inc (NASDAQ:LEDR), QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA), along with larger industry peers Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ). This group of stocks are the members of the application software industry and their market caps match AGYS’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Unwired Planet Inc (NASDAQ:UPIP) 12 0 0
Market Leader Inc (NASDAQ:LEDR) 4 0 2
QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) 3 0 2
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) 134 1 5
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) 47 0 0

With the results shown by Insider Monkey’s tactics, everyday investors must always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS) is no exception.

Related tickers: Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGYS), Unwired Planet Inc (NASDAQ:UPIP), Market Leader Inc (NASDAQ:LEDR), QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ)