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Inogen Inc (NASDAQ:INGN) has experienced a decrease in support from the world's most elite money managers in recent months. Our calculations also showed that INGN isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We're going to take a gander at the recent hedge fund action regarding Inogen Inc (NASDAQ:INGN).
Hedge fund activity in Inogen Inc (NASDAQ:INGN)
At the end of the first quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -32% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards INGN over the last 15 quarters. So, let's check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in Inogen Inc (NASDAQ:INGN) was held by AQR Capital Management, which reported holding $26.7 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by Citadel Investment Group with a $26.4 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Renaissance Technologies, Two Sigma Advisors, and Millennium Management.
Due to the fact that Inogen Inc (NASDAQ:INGN) has experienced bearish sentiment from the smart money, logic holds that there were a few fund managers that decided to sell off their entire stakes in the third quarter. It's worth mentioning that Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, Graham McPhail's Rock Springs Capital Management said goodbye to the largest stake of the "upper crust" of funds followed by Insider Monkey, totaling about $14.5 million in stock. Dmitry Balyasny's fund, Balyasny Asset Management, also cut its stock, about $9.6 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 8 funds in the third quarter.
Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Inogen Inc (NASDAQ:INGN). We will take a look at TransAlta Corporation (NYSE:TAC), Regenxbio Inc (NASDAQ:RGNX), CareTrust REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTRE), and The Navigators Group, Inc (NASDAQ:NAVG). All of these stocks' market caps match INGN's market cap.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position TAC,11,29092,2 RGNX,19,317732,2 CTRE,16,108917,0 NAVG,16,222914,-1 Average,15.5,169664,0.75 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 15.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $170 million. That figure was $136 million in INGN's case. Regenxbio Inc (NASDAQ:RGNX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand TransAlta Corporation (NYSE:TAC) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Inogen Inc (NASDAQ:INGN) 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 6.2% in Q2 through June 19th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by nearly 3 percentage points. Unfortunately INGN wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on INGN were disappointed as the stock returned -25.4% during the same period 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 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market so far in Q2.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.