What Hedge Funds Think About ScanSource, Inc. (SCSC)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to discuss the recent info surrounding ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC).

ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC)

Hedge fund activity in ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 38% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC had the biggest position in ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC), worth close to $51.9 million, comprising 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Gotham Asset Management, managed by Joel Greenblatt, which held a $3.7 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital.

Now, particular hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. First Pacific Advisors LLC, managed by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, initiated the most outsized position in ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC). First Pacific Advisors LLC had 51.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management also made a $3.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new SCSC investors: John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital.

How have insiders been trading ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, 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 ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC). These stocks are Mentor Graphics Corp (NASDAQ:MENT), ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW), Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL), Systemax Inc. (NYSE:SYX), and PDF Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDFS). This group of stocks are in the technical & system software industry and their market caps resemble SCSC’s market cap.

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