Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Altera Corporation (ALTR)?

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Altera Corporation

What’s more, we’re going to examine the recent info about Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR).

What have hedge funds been doing with Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -20% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management had the most valuable position in Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR), worth close to $331.3 million, accounting for 1.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cadian Capital, managed by Eric Bannasch, which held a $259.3 million position; 8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include William von Mueffling’s Cantillon Capital Management, Christopher Lord’s Criterion Capital and Ryan Frick and Oliver Evans’s Dorsal Capital Management.

As Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) has faced declining interest from the smart money’s best and brightest, logic holds that there is a sect of money managers that elected to cut their entire stakes at the end of the second quarter. At the top of the heap, Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners dropped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we key on, totaling close to $15.6 million in call options., and Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $14.2 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 5 funds at the end of the second quarter.

Insider trading activity in Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR). These stocks are LSI Corp (NASDAQ:LSI), ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:ARMH), Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), and Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC). All of these stocks are in the semiconductor – specialized industry and their market caps resemble ALTR’s market cap.