Three Bays Capital Investment Boosts Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY)

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) is moving higher after a hedge fund took a stake in the company

by Josh Selway

Published on Mar 9, 2016 at 10:42 AM

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) popped nearly 3% out of the gate , after a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing revealed Three Bays Capital now has a 7.1% stake in the company, citing its belief the CY shares are "undervalued and represent an attractive investment opportunity." CY was last seen up 0.3% at $8.29, attempting to make a move north of its 60-day moving average. 


In the options pits, speculative players have shown a preference for long calls over puts inr ecent months. Amid relatively light absolute volume, the stock's 50-day call/put volume ratio at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) stands at a remarkable 42.49 -- higher than 90% of all readings from the past year.

However, CY is a heavily shorted stock, with short interest accounting for over 14% of its float -- or over 5.5 times its average daily trading pace. Bears have grown more confident, too, with short interest over 53% higher now compared to six months ago. As such, it's likely many short sellers have bought to open calls as "insurance" for their bearish bets.

As for analysts, most are bullish. Nine brokerage firms say Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) is a "buy" or better, four say it's a "hold," and just one call it a "sell." This optimism comes amid a dreary technical backdrop. CY has lost 49% since its two-year peak of $16.25 from last March, and hit a six-year low of $6.30 last month. 

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