Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (ISSI) Anymore

Is it smart to be bullish on Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI)?

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Furthermore, it’s important to analyze the latest info about Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI).

Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI)

What have hedge funds been doing with Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -13% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the largest position in Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI), worth close to $30.6 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron of Algert Coldiron Investors, with a $1.6 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies with similar optimism include Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s GRT Capital Partners, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Judging by the fact that Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI) has faced dropping sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there is a sect of fund managers who sold off their full holdings in Q1. Intriguingly, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group dropped the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, comprising about $0.1 million in call options., and Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $0 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds in Q1.

How have insiders been trading Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI). These stocks are Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ:NLST), SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS), Spansion Inc. (NYSE:CODE), and Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS). All of these stocks are in the semiconductor- memory chips industry and their market caps are closest to ISSI’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) 69 0 0
Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ:NLST) 0 0
SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS) 3 0 0
Spansion Inc. (NYSE:CODE) 22 0 0
Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) 8 0 0

Using the returns shown by the previously mentioned strategies, regular investors should always keep one eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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