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Hedge Funds Are Pouring Into Microsemi Corporation (MSCC): Should You Follow?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. MSCC has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest recently. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with MSCC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 BBVA Banco Frances S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BFR), CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX), and Vermilion Energy Inc (NYSE:VET) to gather more data points.

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What does the smart money think about Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 32% surge from the previous quarter, pushing its gains for the last 2 quarters to 67%. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Principal Global Investors, holds the biggest position in Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC). Columbus Circle Investors has a $42.5 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $23.3 million position. Remaining peers that hold long positions comprise Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies.

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