Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (FCS) Anymore

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Should Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS) investors track the following data?

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Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS)

Keeping this in mind, it’s important to discuss the latest info for Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS).

How are hedge funds trading Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -17% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

According to our 13F database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS), worth close to $176.9 million, comprising 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, with a $70.6 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners, Ron Gutfleish’s Elm Ridge Capital and Mark A. Nordlicht’s Platinum Management.

Because Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS) has witnessed a fall in interest from the top-tier hedge fund industry, we can see that there was a specific group of funds who sold off their entire stakes last quarter. Intriguingly, Panayotis æTakisÆ Sparaggis’s Alkeon Capital Management dropped the largest investment of the 450+ funds we track, worth an estimated $37 million in stock, and Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $5.1 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds last quarter.

Insider trading activity in Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NYSE:FCS). These stocks are International Rectifier Corporation (NYSE:IRF), RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:RFMD), Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC), Hittite Microwave Corp (NASDAQ:HITT), and Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l (ADR) (NYSE:SMI). All of these stocks are in the semiconductor – integrated circuits industry and their market caps are closest to FCS’s market cap.

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