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Is Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMKR) ready to rally soon? The best stock pickers are becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund investments went up by 4 recently. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with AMKR holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as La-Z-Boy Incorporated (NYSE:LZB), Renasant Corp. (NASDAQ:RNST), and SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ:SKYW) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMKR)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a rise of 25% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in AMKR over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see 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, Renaissance Technologies, led by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMKR). Renaissance Technologies has a $38.4 million position in the stock. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is D E Shaw, founded by David E. Shaw, which holds a $21 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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.