Is Lam Research Corporation (LRCX) A Good Stock To Buy?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 742 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) based on that data.

Hedge fund interest towards Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) shares remained unchanged during the third quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. However, before jumping to any conclusions, at the end of this article we will also compare LRCX to other stocks including EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT), Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH), and Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the key action surrounding Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX).

Hedge fund activity in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX)

Overall, 47 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Lam Research Corporation at the end of September, unchanged over the quarter. Interestingly, as you can see from the graph below, hedge fund interest in LRCX has been extremely stable over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).


When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital has the biggest position in Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX), worth close to $430.5 million, comprising 5.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Two Sigma Advisors, managed by John Overdeck and David Siegel, which holds a $188.9 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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