Is Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (NYSE:FSL) a buy right now? The best stock pickers are in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions advanced by 9 in recent months.
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Consequently, it's important to take a gander at the key action surrounding Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (NYSE:FSL).
At Q1's end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 100% from the previous quarter. With hedgies' capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.
Of the funds we track, Criterion Capital, managed by Christopher Lord, holds the largest position in Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (NYSE:FSL). Criterion Capital has a $62.6 million position in the stock, comprising 2.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $54.9 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Douglas Dillard Jr. and Raj D. Venkatesan's Standard Pacific Capital, Matthew Knauer and Mina Faltas's Nokota Management and SAC Subsidiary's Sigma Capital Management.
As aggregate interest increased, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Standard Pacific Capital, managed by Douglas Dillard Jr. and Raj D. Venkatesan, established the most outsized position in Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (NYSE:FSL). Standard Pacific Capital had 28 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. SAC Subsidiary's Sigma Capital Management also initiated a $5.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new FSL positions are Scott Fine and Peter Richards's Empire Capital Management, Andrew Sandler's Sandler Capital Management, and Israel Englander's Millennium Management.
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (NYSE:FSL) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (NYSE:FSL). These stocks are STMicroelectronics N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:STM), Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML), AU Optronics Corp. (ADR) (NYSE:AUO), and ON Semiconductor Corp (NASDAQ:ONNN). All of these stocks are in the semiconductor - broad line industry and their market caps are closest to FSL's market cap.