Is Intevac, Inc. (IVAC) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC)Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC) investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action surrounding Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC).

What does the smart money think about Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 40% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

Consequently, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. LMR Partners, managed by Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold, created the most valuable position in Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC). LMR Partners had 0.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital also made a $0.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

Insider trading activity in Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC)

Insider purchases made by high-level executives 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, Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC) has seen 4 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 Intevac, Inc. (NASDAQ:IVAC). These stocks are SL Industries, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:SLI), Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:MXWL), American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:AMSC), Jinpan International Limited (NASDAQ:JST), and Sparton Corporation (NYSE:SPA). This group of stocks are the members of the diversified electronics industry and their market caps are closest to IVAC’s market cap.