SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) was in 9 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of December. SPWR investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with SPWR positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, let's take a look at the recent action encompassing SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR).
At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -31% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR). Royce & Associates has a $8.7 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Philip Hempleman of Ardsley Partners, with a $7.3 million position; 1.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include John A. Levin's Levin Capital Strategies, Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group and D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw.
Judging by the fact that SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, it's easy to see that there lies a certain "tier" of hedgies that slashed their entire stakes heading into 2013. Interestingly, Peter J. Eichler Jr.'s Aletheia Research and Management cut the biggest investment of the "upper crust" of funds we key on, worth close to $5.9 million in stock., and Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $1.2 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds heading into 2013.
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR). These stocks are LSI Corp (NASDAQ:LSI), SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), Cirrus Logic, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRUS), First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR), and Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor - specialized industry and their market caps are similar to SPWR's market cap.