Is Molex Incorporated (MOLX) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?: AVX Corporation (AVX), Amphenol Corporation (APH)

Is Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX) worth your attention right now? The best stock pickers are becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 6 recently.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action encompassing Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX).

How are hedge funds trading Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 60% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Greenhaven Associates, managed by Edgar Wachenheim, holds the biggest position in Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX). Greenhaven Associates has a $36 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Greenhaven Associates’s heels is Winton Capital Management, managed by David Harding, which held a $19 million position; 0% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

As industrywide interest jumped, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, initiated the most outsized position in Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX). SAC Capital Advisors had 4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

How are insiders trading Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX) has seen zero unique insiders buying, 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 Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX). These stocks are AVX Corporation (NYSE:AVX), Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH), LG Display Co Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:LPL), Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI), and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB). This group of stocks are in the diversified electronics industry and their market caps resemble MOLX’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
AVX Corporation (NYSE:AVX) 16 0 1
Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) 16 0 13
LG Display Co Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:LPL) 9 0 0
Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI) 16 0 6
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) 13 0 7

With the results exhibited by the aforementioned research, everyday investors must always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX) is no exception.

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