Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ADR) (NYSE:ASX) in this article.
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ADR) (NYSE:ASX) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. ASX was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with ASX positions 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 Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY), Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACGL), and Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE:NFX) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to view the key action surrounding Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ADR) (NYSE:ASX).
How have hedgies been trading Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ADR) (NYSE:ASX)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 15% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ASX over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holds the largest position in Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ADR) (NYSE:ASX). Fisher Asset Management has a $170.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Fisher Asset Management’s heels is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital, with a $13 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.