The equity market returns were very disappointing in the third quarter, “thanks” to the slowdown of China’s economy and the weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data. It was not entirely clear whether the broader market sell-off made U.S. equity valuations undervalued, but it definitely made them more attractive. It is worth mentioning that Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the broad-market S&P 500 ETF by more than 14 percentage points during the period of June 25, 2015 through October 30, 2015. This clearly points to the fact that most investors, including hedge fund firms and institutional investors, heavily cut their exposure to high-potential (but seemingly riskier) small-cap stocks during the bloody third quarter. So let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) and see how it was affected.
Is Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Prominent investors are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 7 recently. MCHP was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with MCHP holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Delhaize Group (ADR) (NYSE:DEG), Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP), and Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s go over the recent action encompassing Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP).
What does the smart money think about Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 41% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC has the number one position in Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP), worth close to $20.1 million, corresponding to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On First Pacific Advisors LLC’s heels is Winton Capital Management, led by David Harding, holding an $17.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Peter Muller’s PDT Partners, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies.