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Have Hedge Funds Uncovered A Hidden Gem in Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd (AOSL)?

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There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ:AOSL).

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ:AOSL) investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. AOSL was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with AOSL positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AOSL to other stocks including Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS), Freshpet Inc (NASDAQ:FRPT), and Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ:AOSL)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 25% increase from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in AOSL heading into this year, which has since increased by 50%. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ:AOSL), worth close to $15.4 million. Coming in second is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $8.6 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish encompass David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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