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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Inphi Corporation (IPHI)

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Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months.

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Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI)

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a peek at the latest action encompassing Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI).

What does the smart money think about Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 29% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the biggest position in Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI), worth close to $15.3 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Gregory A. Weaver of Invicta Capital Management, with a $10.5 million position; the fund has 4.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital, Ian P. Murray’s Lanexa Global Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, initiated the most valuable position in Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI). Millennium Management had 1.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $0.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new IPHI positions are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

How are insiders trading Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI) has seen 3 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI). These stocks are GSI Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIT), Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIMG), Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN), FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM), and Entropic Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTR). This group of stocks are in the semiconductor – broad line industry and their market caps match IPHI’s market cap.

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