Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD): 1 Indicator That Will Have You Jumping

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) is one of the most widely discussed stocks on the Internet. For bulls, this data will help you sleep at night.

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Thus, let's analyze the newest info for Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD).



What have hedge funds been doing with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)?


At the end of the second quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 21% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds' sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)When using filings from the hedgies we track, First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Matt McLennan, holds the biggest position in Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD). First Eagle Investment Management has a $54.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On First Eagle Investment Management's heels is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $52.7 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw, and Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management.


As aggregate interest spiked, certain bigger names were leading the bulls' herd. First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Matt McLennan, initiated the most outsized position in Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD). First Eagle Investment Management had 54.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group also made a $52.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new AMD investors: Howard Marks's Oaktree Capital Management, Michael Johnston's Steelhead Partners, and D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw.


What do corporate executives and insiders think about Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)?


Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We'll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD). These stocks are Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL), Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY), Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM), and Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH). This group of stocks are in the semiconductor - broad line industry and their market caps are similar to AMD's market cap.

Company Name
# of Hedge Funds
# of Insiders Buying
# of Insiders Selling

Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL)
7
1
2

Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX)
9
0
4

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY)
13
0
1

Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM)
18
0
2

Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH)
24
0
1

Using the returns explained by our tactics, average investors should always track hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) is no exception.

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