Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action encompassing Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE).
How have hedgies been trading Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE)?
At Q1’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 67% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.
Of the funds we track, Harvest Capital Strategies, managed by Joseph A. Jolson, holds the largest position in Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE). Harvest Capital Strategies has a $9.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $7.1 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors and Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group.
Consequently, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, created the most outsized position in Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE). Citadel Investment Group had 7.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors also initiated a $4.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new WAGE positions are Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE)?
Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE). These stocks are ICF International Inc (NASDAQ:ICFI), Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH), Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI), Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN), and Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO). This group of stocks are the members of the management services industry and their market caps resemble WAGE’s market cap.