Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPWR)

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Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently.

Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR)

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action encompassing Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR).

Hedge fund activity in Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 57% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the most valuable position in Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR). Adage Capital Management has a $43.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Adage Capital Management’s heels is Donald Chiboucis of Columbus Circle Investors, with a $26.8 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital and James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. Empire Capital Management, managed by Scott Fine and Peter Richards, created the largest position in Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR). Empire Capital Management had 2.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also made a $2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new MPWR positions are John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

How have insiders been trading Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time period, Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 11 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPWR). These stocks are SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:JASO), Magnachip Semiconductor Corp (NYSE:MX), Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ:LSCC), and Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX). This group of stocks are in the semiconductor – specialized industry and their market caps resemble MPWR’s market cap.

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