Is Inphi Corporation (IPHI) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. IPHI was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with IPHI positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare IPHI to other stocks including HNI Corp (NYSE:HNI), Controladora Vuela Co Avcn SA CV (ADR) (NYSE:VLRS), and Luxoft Holding Inc (NYSE:LXFT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action regarding Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI).

How are hedge funds trading Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a jump of 28% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 27 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in IPHI heading into this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Leon Shaulov’s Maplelane Capital has the most valuable position in Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI), worth close to $65.2 million, comprising 1.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holding a $29 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish contain Doug Gordon, Jon Hilsabeck and Don Jabro’s Shellback Capital, Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital. We should note that Maplelane Capital 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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