Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NTE) Anymore – Methode Electronics Inc. (MEI), Power One Inc (PWER)

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Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. NTE has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with NTE holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action regarding Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE).

How have hedgies been trading Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Kahn Brothers, managed by Irving Kahn, holds the largest position in Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE). Kahn Brothers has a $39.8 million position in the stock, comprising 6.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $24.2 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Phil Frohlich’s Prescott Group Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Because Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE) has faced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few money managers who sold off their positions entirely heading into 2013. At the top of the heap, Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management said goodbye to the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, worth about $1.6 million in stock., and Richard Schimel of Diamondback Capital was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $1.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time period, Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Nam Tai Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:NTE). These stocks are Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ:ORBK), Methode Electronics Inc. (NYSE:MEI), Power One Inc (NASDAQ:PWER), Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE), and Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS). This group of stocks are the members of the diversified electronics industry and their market caps are similar to NTE’s market cap.

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