Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. ADNC investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with ADNC positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the recent action encompassing Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC).
How are hedge funds trading Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC)?
Heading into 2013, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.
According to our comprehensive database, Nantahala Capital Management, managed by Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack, holds the largest position in Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC). Nantahala Capital Management has a $9.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Nantahala Capital Management’s heels is John Fichthorn of Dialectic Capital Management, with a $1.8 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.
Seeing as Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC) has experienced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there were a few hedge funds who were dropping their full holdings heading into 2013. Intriguingly, Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors cut the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we track, totaling close to $4.7 million in stock., and Mike Vranos of Ellington was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.9 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC) has experienced 2 unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC). These stocks are Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR), Yingli Green Energy Hold. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:YGE), Peregrine Semiconductor Corp (NASDAQ:PSMI), Oplink Communications, Inc (NASDAQ:OPLK), and ParkerVision, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRKR). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor – integrated circuits industry and their market caps are similar to ADNC’s market cap.