Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (MSPD) Anymore

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Is Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSPD) a cheap investment today? Prominent investors are in a bearish mood. The number of long hedge fund positions shrunk by 1 lately.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the latest action encompassing Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSPD).

What have hedge funds been doing with Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSPD)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -13% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSPD), worth close to $7.6 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Mark N. Diker of Diker Management, with a $6.1 million position; the fund has 1.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Stuart Peterson’s Artis Capital Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Due to the fact that Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSPD) has faced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, we can see that there exists a select few funds who sold off their entire stakes at the end of the first quarter. Intriguingly, Peter Rathjens Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital sold off the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, totaling close to $0.4 million in stock.. Ken Griffin’s fund, Citadel Investment Group, also dumped its stock, about $0.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds at the end of the first quarter.

How have insiders been trading Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSPD)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSPD) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSPD). These stocks are Daqo New Energy Corp (NYSE:DQ), Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU), Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCD), Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR), and Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS). This group of stocks are the members of the semiconductor equipment & materials industry and their market caps match MSPD’s market cap.

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