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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX)

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The SEC requires hedge funds and wealthy investors with over a certain portfolio size to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings discloses the funds’ positions on September 30. We at Insider Monkey have compiled an extensive database of more than 700 of those elite funds and prominent investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) based on those filings.

Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), Extra Space Storage, Inc. (NYSE:EXR), and CGI Group Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GIB) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the recent action surrounding Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX).

Hedge fund activity in Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX)

At Q3’s end, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 14% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Clifton S. Robbins’ Blue Harbour Group has the number one position in Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), worth close to $422.4 million, accounting for 15.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Alkeon Capital Management, led by Panayotis Takis Sparaggis, holding a $112.9 million position; the fund has 2.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.

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