ATMI Inc (NASDAQ:ATMI) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently.
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Now, it’s important to take a peek at the key action encompassing ATMI Inc (NASDAQ:ATMI).
Hedge fund activity in ATMI Inc (NASDAQ:ATMI)
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 57% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.
Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in ATMI Inc (NASDAQ:ATMI), worth close to $92.5 million, accounting for 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Clint Carlson of Carlson Capital, with a $6.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Carlson Capital, managed by Clint Carlson, established the most outsized position in ATMI Inc (NASDAQ:ATMI). Carlson Capital had 6.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management also initiated a $1.8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.
What do corporate executives and insiders think about ATMI Inc (NASDAQ:ATMI)?
Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, ATMI Inc (NASDAQ:ATMI) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 13 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to ATMI Inc (NASDAQ:ATMI). These stocks are Intermolecular Inc (NASDAQ:IMI), Ultratech, Inc. (NASDAQ:UTEK), Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA), Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:KLIC), and Brooks Automation, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:BRKS). This group of stocks are in the semiconductor equipment & materials industry and their market caps are closest to ATMI’s market cap.