Is Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) a buy here? Investors who are in the know are in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets advanced by 4 lately.
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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action regarding Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).
What does the smart money think about Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)?
Heading into Q2, a total of 54 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.
According to our comprehensive database, First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Jean-Marie Eveillard, holds the most valuable position in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). First Eagle Investment Management has a $729.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Paul Ruddock and Steve Heinz of Lansdowne Partners, with a $451.4 million call position; 6.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Lansdowne Partners, managed by Paul Ruddock and Steve Heinz, created the most outsized call position in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). Lansdowne Partners had 451.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC also made a $117.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new INTC positions are Peter Adam Hochfelder’s Brahman Capital, Philippe Jabre’s Jabre Capital Partners, and Tony Chedraoui’s Tyrus Capital.
How have insiders been trading Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)?
Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time period, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC). These stocks are STMicroelectronics N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:STM), NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI), Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO), Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM), and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor – broad line industry and their market caps are similar to INTC’s market cap.