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Hedge Funds Have Never Been More Bullish On iRadimed Corporation (IRMD)

Debasis Saha

A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on iRadimed Corporation (NASDAQ:IRMD).

iRadimed Corporation (NASDAQ:IRMD) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. IRMD was in 9 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of September. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with IRMD positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that IRMD isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings). Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds

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[caption id="attachment_26073" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies[/caption]

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Hedge fund activity in iRadimed Corporation (NASDAQ:IRMD)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 50% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in IRMD over the last 17 quarters. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Is IRMD A Good Stock To Buy?

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies has the most valuable position in iRadimed Corporation (NASDAQ:IRMD), worth close to $8.8 million, amounting to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace of Marshall Wace, with a $2.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management, Louis Navellier's Navellier & Associates and Brian Bares, Russell Mollen, and James Bradshaw's Nine Ten Partners. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Nine Ten Partners allocated the biggest weight to iRadimed Corporation (NASDAQ:IRMD), around 0.15% of its 13F portfolio. Algert Coldiron Investors is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 0.11 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to IRMD.

Consequently, some big names were breaking ground themselves. Nine Ten Partners, managed by Brian Bares, Russell Mollen, and James Bradshaw, initiated the largest position in iRadimed Corporation (NASDAQ:IRMD). Nine Ten Partners had $0.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander's Millennium Management also initiated a $0.5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new IRMD investors: Michael Gelband's ExodusPoint Capital and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron's Algert Coldiron Investors.

Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to iRadimed Corporation (NASDAQ:IRMD). These stocks are La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ:LJPC), Farmland Partners Inc (NYSE:FPI), Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR), and MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD). This group of stocks' market values are closest to IRMD's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position LJPC,13,79706,0 FPI,9,6350,1 ISTR,6,27207,1 MNKD,6,6736,0 Average,8.5,30000,0.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 8.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $30 million. That figure was $15 million in IRMD's case. La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ:LJPC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. iRadimed Corporation (NASDAQ:IRMD) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. Unfortunately IRMD wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on IRMD were disappointed as the stock returned 4.6% during the fourth quarter (through the end of November) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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