Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL) was in 9 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of December. ISIL investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with ISIL positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Consequently, let's take a peek at the latest action regarding Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL).
At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds' sentiment swirling, there exists an "upper tier" of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.
According to our comprehensive database, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the biggest position in Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL). Citadel Investment Group has a $34.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $12 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies with similar optimism include Stuart Peterson's Artis Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital and Chuck Royce's Royce & Associates.
Now, key hedge funds were leading the bulls' herd. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, established the most outsized position in Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL). Royce & Associates had 1.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management also made a $0.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new ISIL position is John Overdeck and David Siegel's Two Sigma Advisors.
Insider trading activity, especially when it's bullish, is at its handiest when the company we're looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL). These stocks are Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings (NASDAQ:MTSI), Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY), Spreadtrum Communications, Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:SPRD), and Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDTI). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor - broad line industry and their market caps are closest to ISIL's market cap.