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Is Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC) .

Is Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC) a buy right now? It looks like money managers are becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings moved up by one during the third quarter. In this way, 15 funds from our database held shares of AMCC at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare AMCC to other stocks including Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX), Galapagos NV (ADR) (NASDAQ:GLPG), and William Lyon Homes (NYSE:WLH) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s review the latest action surrounding Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC).

What have hedge funds been doing with Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, which represents a change of 7% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in AMCC over the last five quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Christopher Zepf and Brian Thonn’s Kingdom Ridge Capital holds the largest position in Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC). Kingdom Ridge Capital has a $55 million position in the stock, comprising 39.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Matthew Iorio’s White Elm Capital, with a $18.9 million position; 2.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish include one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Renaissance Technologies, Ken Hahn’s Quentec Asset Management and John Hurley’s Cavalry Asset Management. We should note that Cavalry Asset Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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