Should You Follow the Smart Money Into Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (ADR) (SIMO)?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (ADR) (NASDAQ:SIMO).

Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (ADR) (NASDAQ:SIMO) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. The stock was held in the portfolios of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey on September 30, up from 21 a quarter earlier. At the end of this article we will also compare SIMO to other stocks including WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC), IAMGOLD Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IAG), and Trustmark Corp (NASDAQ:TRMK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (ADR) (NASDAQ:SIMO)

At Q3’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up by 10% from one quarter earlier. Hedge fund ownership has been volatile over the last year, though within a narrow range. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the most valuable position in Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (ADR) (NASDAQ:SIMO), worth close to $63.7 million. Coming in second is Cardinal Capital, managed by Amy Minella, which holds a $38.5 million position; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism contain Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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