Hedge Funds Are Buying Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (TSM); Should You?

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Is Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM) a good bet right now? We like to analyze hedge fund sentiment before doing days of in-depth research. We do so because hedge funds and other elite investors have numerous Ivy League graduates, expert network advisers, and supply chain tipsters working or consulting for them. There is not a shortage of news stories covering failed hedge fund investments (for some reason media paid a ton of attention to Ackman’s gigantic JC Penney and Valeant failures) and it is a fact that hedge funds’ picks don’t beat the market 100% of the time, but their consensus picks have historically done very well and have outperformed the market after adjusting for risk.

Is Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM) going to take off soon? The best stock pickers are becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund bets increased by 5 in recent months. TSM was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with TSM holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as CVS Health Corp (NYSE:CVS), Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN), and Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO) to gather more data points.

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In the 21st century investor’s toolkit there are tons of metrics that market participants employ to appraise stocks. A couple of the best metrics are hedge fund and insider trading sentiment. We have shown that, historically, those who follow the top picks of the top hedge fund managers can outclass the S&P 500 by a very impressive amount (see the details here).

Now, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM).

Hedge fund activity in Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM)

Heading into Q4, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 19% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the number one position in Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:TSM). Fisher Asset Management has a $571 million position in the stock, comprising 1.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $233.6 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital.

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