Hedge Funds Are Selling Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to study the newest info for Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP).

Hedge fund activity in Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP)

At Q2′s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -8% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP)According to our 13F database, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management had the biggest position in Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), worth close to $1.8754 billion, accounting for 7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $66.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC and Michael Platt and William Reeves’s BlueCrest Capital Mgmt..

Due to the fact Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) has experienced declining interest from the smart money’s best and brightest, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of hedgies that elected to cut their positions entirely heading into Q2. At the top of the heap, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management dropped the biggest position of the 450+ funds we watch, worth about $36.7 million in stock, and Charles Clough of Clough Capital Partners was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $15.5 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds heading into Q2.

What have insiders been doing with Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP). These stocks are ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:ARMH), LSI Corp (NASDAQ:LSI), Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR), Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC), and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor – specialized industry and their market caps resemble MCHP’s market cap.

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