FormFactor, Inc. (FORM): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

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FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently.

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FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM)

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Consequently, we’re going to take a gander at the key action regarding FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM).

What have hedge funds been doing with FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -5% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Invicta Capital Management, managed by Gregory A. Weaver, holds the biggest position in FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM). Invicta Capital Management has a $8 million position in the stock, comprising 3.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $5.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Youlia Miteva’s Proxima Capital Management.

Since FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM) has witnessed falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there was a specific group of money managers who were dropping their positions entirely at the end of the first quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Ian P. Murray’s Lanexa Global Management sold off the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we track, valued at an estimated $2.4 million in stock., and Matthew Hulsizer of PEAK6 Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds at the end of the first quarter.

How have insiders been trading FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORM). These stocks are Silicon Image, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIMG), Entropic Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTR), GSI Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIT), Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI), and Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN). All of these stocks are in the semiconductor – broad line industry and their market caps are closest to FORM’s market cap.

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