Is Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI) undervalued? The best stock pickers are getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets decreased by 3 recently.
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Now, let’s take a look at the key action regarding Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI).
What does the smart money think about Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI)?
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -27% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.
Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI), worth close to $27.3 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk of GRT Capital Partners, with a $1.3 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
Seeing as Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI) has experienced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there exists a select few hedge funds who sold off their positions entirely heading into Q2. Interestingly, Mark N. Diker’s Diker Management cut the largest investment of all the hedgies we track, comprising an estimated $2.6 million in stock.. Joel Greenblatt’s fund, Gotham Asset Management, also dropped its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 3 funds heading into Q2.
What have insiders been doing with Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI)?
Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISSI). These stocks are Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ:NLST), SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ:LEDS), Spansion Inc. (NYSE:CODE), and Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS). All of these stocks are in the semiconductor- memory chips industry and their market caps are similar to ISSI’s market cap.