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Hedge Funds Begin to Sour on Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. (KLIC)

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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:KLIC) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. KLIC was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with KLIC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare KLIC to other stocks including Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX), S & T Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:STBA), and ClubCorp Holdings Inc (NYSE:MYCC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:KLIC)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a fall of 22% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in KLIC at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the most valuable position in Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:KLIC), worth close to $30.7 million. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $21.7 million position. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Ernest Chow and Jonathan Howe’s Sensato Capital Management. We should note that Sensato Capital Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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