What Billionaires Think About Semiconductor Stocks

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After experiencing a strong rally between November 2013 and June 2015, which caused the PHLX Semiconductor Index to double in value, semiconductor stocks took a harsh beating in the third quarter of 2015 and have been extremely volatile ever since. However, following a very strong run after a short-lived Brexit tumble, the semiconductor space appears to be stronger than ever. The PHLX Semiconductor Index has gained over 130 points since June 27 and analysts believe that the period of extreme volatility might be over and that stocks from the semiconductor space will continue along their current uptrend.

While what technical analysts think about a stock is important to consider, something that is equally important is what sophisticated investors think about it. Keeping that in mind, in this article we’ll take a look at five leading companies in the semiconductor industry and analyze how the billionaire investors in our system have been collectively trading them of late.

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#5. Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU)

– Billionaires with Long Positions (as of March 31): 5

– Aggregate Value of Billionaires’ Holdings (as of March 31): $301.67 Million

Let’s start with Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), ownership of which fell by three during the first quarter among the billionaire investors that we track, while the aggregate value of their holdings in it shrank by $69.4 million. Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU)’s stock has now pushed to gains of over 5% year-to-date, after being down by as much as 32% at one point. However, despite losing over 57% of its value since last January, the stock still trades at a trailing P/E of 42.90, which is significantly above the semiconductor – memory chips sector’s average trailing P/E of 10.50.  Nonetheless, analysts at both Mizuho and Nomura have reiterated ‘Buy’ ratings on Micron’s stock this month, though each firm’s analysts having $16 price targets on it, which suggests minimal near-term upside, as the stock is already trading at nearly $15. John Hurley‘s Cavalry Asset Management initiated a stake in the company during the second quarter; purchasing 715,150 shares and making it the fund’s second-most valuable holding as of June 30.

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#4. Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI)

– Billionaires with Long Positions (as of March 31): 7

– Aggregate Value of Billionaires’ Holdings (as of March 31): $255.76 Million

The number of billionaires in our system long Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI) inched down by one during the March quarter, while the aggregate value of their holdings in the company fell by $48.1 million. Analog Devices’ stock had been trading in the $55-to-$60 range for several months before finally breaking out in July and currently trades at over $64, up by 16% this year. Analog Devices will report its third quarter of fiscal year 2016 results on Wednesday. For its fiscal second quarter, the company delivered EPS of $0.64 on revenue of $779 million, narrowly topping analysts’ expectations of EPS of $0.62 and revenue of $777.57 million. William Von Mueffling‘s Cantillon Capital Management reduced its stake in Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI) by 3% to 7.02 million shares during the second quarter.

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We’ll check out how billionaires’ top-three semiconductor stocks have been performing lately on the next page.

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