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Should You Avoid Avago Technologies Ltd (AVGO)?

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Is Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) a sell?

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Avago Technologies Ltd

Thus, we’re going to study the latest info surrounding Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO).

What does the smart money think about Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -7% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the largest position in Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO), worth close to $118.1 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Richard Chilton of Chilton Investment Company, with a $71.9 million position; the fund has 1.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Due to the fact Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) has faced declining interest from the top-tier hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there were a few funds who sold off their positions entirely heading into Q2. It’s worth mentioning that Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors dropped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, comprising close to $109.8 million in stock. Dmitry Balyasny’s fund, Balyasny Asset Management, also cut its stock, about $29.4 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds heading into Q2.

How have insiders been trading Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 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 Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO). These stocks are Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (NYSE:FSL), AU Optronics Corp. (ADR) (NYSE:AUO), STMicroelectronics N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:STM), NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI), and Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM). All of these stocks are in the semiconductor – broad line industry and their market caps match AVGO’s market cap.

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