Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY): Hedge Funds Are Bearish and Insiders Are Bullish, What Should You Do?

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Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest of late.

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY)

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the latest action encompassing Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY).

How are hedge funds trading Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -28% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Harvest Capital Strategies, managed by Joseph A. Jolson, holds the biggest position in Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY). Harvest Capital Strategies has a $22.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $8.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management, Van Schreiber’s Bennett Lawrence Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Since Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) has faced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers who were dropping their entire stakes in Q1. Interestingly, Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management cut the biggest position of the 450+ funds we monitor, comprising close to $21.4 million in stock., and Israel Englander of Millennium Management was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $6.4 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 5 funds in Q1.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 2 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 Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY). These stocks are Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL), Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM), Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH), and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor – broad line industry and their market caps resemble CY’s market cap.

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