Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. CRUS investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with CRUS holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Consequently, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS).
Hedge fund activity in Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS)
At Q1’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -5% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.
According to our comprehensive database, Daniel Benton’s Andor Capital Management had the largest position in Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS), worth close to $22.8 million, comprising 2.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $16.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, John Thaler’s JAT Capital Management and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.
Seeing as Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers that slashed their full holdings at the end of the first quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital said goodbye to the biggest position of the 450+ funds we track, valued at about $6.9 million in stock., and Scott Fine and Peter Richards of Empire Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $5.9 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds at the end of the first quarter.
What have insiders been doing with Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS)?
Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS). These stocks are First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR), Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX), SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR), Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB), and SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY). This group of stocks belong to the semiconductor – specialized industry and their market caps are similar to CRUS’s market cap.