Should You Buy Micrel, Incorporated (MCRL)?

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Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. MCRL has seen an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with MCRL holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action surrounding Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL).

How have hedgies been trading Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 20% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL)Of the funds we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL). Royce & Associates has a $29.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $10.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, established the most valuable position in Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL). Millennium Management had 1.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

How are insiders trading Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL) has experienced 2 unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCRL). These stocks are Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI), EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ:EZCH), Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), and Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMKR). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor – integrated circuits industry and their market caps are similar to MCRL’s market cap.

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