Hedge Funds Are Buying Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (SLW)

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Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW) was in 17 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. SLW shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with SLW positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these "truths" under our belt, we're going to take a gander at the key action regarding Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW).

What have hedge funds been doing with Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW)?

At Q1's end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. With hedgies' sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW)According to our comprehensive database, Vinik Asset Management, managed by Jeffrey Vinik, holds the biggest position in Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW). Vinik Asset Management has a $50.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Vinik Asset Management's heels is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $29.1 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Eric Sprott's Sprott Asset Management, and Matthew Hulsizer's PEAK6 Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have jumped into Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW) headfirst. Ionic Capital Management, managed by Bart Baum, assembled the largest call position in Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW). Ionic Capital Management had 1.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander's Millennium Management also initiated a $0.5 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new SLW position is John Overdeck and David Siegel's Two Sigma Advisors.

How have insiders been trading Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company we're looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let's also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE:SLW). These stocks are Silver Standard Resources Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:SSRI), Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL), First Majestic Silver Corp (NYSE:AG), Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation (NYSE:CDE), and Pan American Silver Corp. (USA) (NASDAQ:PAAS). This group of stocks are in the silver industry and their market caps are closest to SLW's market cap.

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