Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Pericom Semiconductor (PSEM) Anymore

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Pericom Semiconductor (NASDAQ:PSEM) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest lately.

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Chuck Royce

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Consequently, we’re going to take a peek at the recent action surrounding Pericom Semiconductor (NASDAQ:PSEM).

Hedge fund activity in Pericom Semiconductor (NASDAQ:PSEM)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Pericom Semiconductor (NASDAQ:PSEM). Royce & Associates has a $12.7 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Chilton Investment Company, managed by Richard Chilton, which held a $3.9 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors.

Since Pericom Semiconductor (NASDAQ:PSEM) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of fund managers who were dropping their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Peter Rathjens Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital said goodbye to the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, totaling an estimated $0.1 million in stock. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

What have insiders been doing with Pericom Semiconductor (NASDAQ:PSEM)?

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, Pericom Semiconductor (NASDAQ:PSEM) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Pericom Semiconductor (NASDAQ:PSEM). These stocks are MoSys Inc. (NASDAQ:MOSY), DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSPG), EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ:EMKR), Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ:TSEM), and ANADIGICS, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANAD). This group of stocks are in the semiconductor – integrated circuits industry and their market caps are similar to PSEM’s market cap.

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