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Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (CCMP)?

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Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP)Is Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP) a bargain? The best stock pickers are in an optimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund bets inched up by 5 recently.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a look at the key action encompassing Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP).

How have hedgies been trading Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 83% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP), worth close to $107.4 million, comprising 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $5.4 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names have jumped into Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP) headfirst. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, created the largest position in Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP). Millennium Management had 2.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 13 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ:CCMP). These stocks are Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ:DIOD), EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH), InvenSense Inc (NYSE:INVN), OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI), and TriQuint Semiconductor (NASDAQ:TQNT). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor – integrated circuits industry and their market caps are similar to CCMP’s market cap.

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