Hedge Funds Are Buying Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM)

Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM) investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately.

Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM)

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Now, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM).

Hedge fund activity in Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM)

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 29% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Ryan Frick and Oliver Evans’s Dorsal Capital Management had the biggest position in Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM), worth close to $31 million, accounting for 4.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, with a $23 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors, John Hurley’s Cavalry Asset Management and Seymour Sy Kaufman and Michael Stark’s Crosslink Capital.

As industrywide interest jumped, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Donald Chiboucis, initiated the largest position in Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM). Columbus Circle Investors had 19 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital also initiated a $10 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and William Harnisch’s Peconic Partners LLC.

What have insiders been doing with Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results exhibited by the aforementioned studies, retail investors should always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM) is an important part of this process.

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