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Should You Avoid Flextronics International Ltd. (FLEX)?

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Is Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) a good investment?

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Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX)

What’s more, it’s important to examine the recent info for Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX).

What does the smart money think about Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -16% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Glenview Capital, managed by Larry Robbins, holds the largest position in Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX). Glenview Capital has a $457.3 million position in the stock, comprising 4.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Glenview Capital’s heels is GMT Capital, managed by Thomas E. Claugus, which held a $133.4 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Ron Gutfleish’s Elm Ridge Capital.

Because Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) has faced declining interest from the top-tier hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of hedge funds that decided to sell off their positions entirely last quarter. Interestingly, Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital said goodbye to the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we track, totaling about $4.2 million in stock, and Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $1.8 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds last quarter.

Insider trading activity in Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX)

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX). These stocks are Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS), Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:BHE), Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAVN), Celestica Inc. (USA) (NYSE:CLS), and Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE:JBL). This group of stocks are the members of the printed circuit boards industry and their market caps match FLEX’s market cap.

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