Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Axcelis Technologies Inc (ACLS)

Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. ACLS has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with ACLS positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, let’s take a gander at the latest action regarding Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS).

What does the smart money think about Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS)Of the funds we track, Diker Management, managed by Mark N. Diker, holds the biggest position in Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS). Diker Management has a $7.5 million position in the stock, comprising 2.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $1.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include David Moradi’s Anthion Management, David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Consequently, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Anthion Management, managed by David Moradi, established the most outsized position in Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS). Anthion Management had 1.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management also made a $0.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new ACLS position is Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

How have insiders been trading Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results shown by our strategies, everyday investors should always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS) is an important part of this process.

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