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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to discuss the newest info surrounding BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ:BSFT).
How have hedgies been trading BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ:BSFT)?
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -25% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.
According to our 13F database, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the largest position in BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ:BSFT), worth close to $15.7 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On Citadel Investment Group’s heels is Lee Hobson of Highside Capital Management, with a $10 million position; 2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Scott Fine and Peter Richards’s Empire Capital Management, Christopher Zepf and Brian Thonn’s Kingdom Ridge Capital and Scott Fine and Peter Richards’s Empire Capital Management.
Due to the fact BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ:BSFT) has faced dropping sentiment from upper-tier hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few hedgies that elected to cut their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital said goodbye to the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, comprising an estimated $5.3 million in stock. John Murphy’s fund, Alydar Capital, also dropped its stock, about $5.3 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds last quarter.
How are insiders trading BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ:BSFT)?
Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ:BSFT) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ:BSFT). These stocks are FleetMatics Group PLC (NYSE:FLTX), Lifelock Inc (NYSE:LOCK), Demandware Inc (NYSE:DWRE), AVG Technologies NV (NYSE:AVG), and PROS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:PRO). All of these stocks are in the application software industry and their market caps are similar to BSFT’s market cap.