Is Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds? – Photronics, Inc. (PLAB), ParkerVision, Inc. (PRKR)

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Is Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Money managers are becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 6 lately.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the recent action surrounding Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR).

How are hedge funds trading Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 100% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the biggest position in Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR), worth close to $8.8 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Gregory A. Weaver of Invicta Capital Management, with a $6.9 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Invicta Capital Management, managed by Gregory A. Weaver, established the biggest position in Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR). Invicta Capital Management had 6.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $2.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

What have insiders been doing with Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Volterra Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:VLTR). These stocks are Peregrine Semiconductor Corp (NASDAQ:PSMI), Oplink Communications, Inc (NASDAQ:OPLK), Photronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAB), ParkerVision, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRKR), and Audience Inc (NASDAQ:ADNC). This group of stocks are in the semiconductor – integrated circuits industry and their market caps resemble VLTR’s market cap.

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