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Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTC) has experienced an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. More specifically, during the third quarter, the number of funds tracked by Insider Monkey bullish on Semtech went up to 17 from 13. At the end of this article we will also compare SMTC to other stocks including Astoria Financial Corp (NYSE:AF), AZZ Incorporated (NYSE:AZZ), and International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the fresh action surrounding Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTC).
What have hedge funds been doing with Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTC)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Semtech, up by 31% from the end of June. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SMTC heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the number one position in Semtech Corporation (NASDAQ:SMTC), worth close to $25.2 million, corresponding to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, which disclosed a $18.2 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.