Should You Buy Plantronics, Inc. (PLT)?

Is Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) a good investment?


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Furthermore, let's discuss the latest info for Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT).


Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT)

How have hedgies been trading Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT)?


At Q2's end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 33% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies' sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.


Out of the hedge funds we follow, Chuck Royce's Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT), worth close to $211.7 million, accounting for 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates's heels is Dreman Value Management, managed by David Dreman, which held a $28.9 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management, D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw and Israel Englander's Millennium Management.


Consequently, specific money managers have jumped into Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) headfirst. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, created the most valuable position in Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT). Royce & Associates had 211.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Dreman's Dreman Value Management also made a $28.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PLT investors: Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management, D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw, and Israel Englander's Millennium Management.

How have insiders been trading Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT)?


Insider buying is best served when the company we're looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).


Using the results demonstrated by Insider Monkey's analyses, regular investors should always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.


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