Atmel Corporation (ATML): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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The market has been volatile as the Federal Reserve winds down its easy money policies. Small cap stocks have been hit hard as a result, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25th and the end of October. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be paring back their overall long exposure, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why the major indexes have retraced. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.

Is Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) a superb stock to buy now? Money managers are becoming less confident. The number of bullish hedge fund bets retreated by 1 recently. ATML was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 36 hedge funds in our database with ATML holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ATML to other stocks including Sovran Self Storage Inc (NYSE:SSS), Qlik Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:QLIK), and Memorial Resource Development Corp (NASDAQ:MRD) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the new action surrounding Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML).

What have hedge funds been doing with Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -3% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, TIG Advisors, managed by Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann, holds the number one position in Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML). TIG Advisors has an $81.1 million position in the stock, comprising 3.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Arrowgrass Capital Partners, managed by Nick Niell, which holds an $38.6 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Robert Emil Zoellner’s Alpine Associates and Zac Hirzel’s Hirzel Capital Management.

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