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We're going to take a look at the latest hedge fund action surrounding Penumbra Inc (NYSE:PEN).
How have hedgies been trading Penumbra Inc (NYSE:PEN)?
At Q3's end, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 4% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PEN over the last 13 quarters. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an "upper tier" of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in Penumbra Inc (NYSE:PEN) was held by Partner Fund Management, which reported holding $108.6 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Rock Springs Capital Management with a $35.2 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Redmile Group, D E Shaw, and Millennium Management.
As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers were leading the bulls' herd. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, initiated the largest position in Penumbra Inc (NYSE:PEN). Marshall Wace LLP had $8.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Hulsizer's PEAK6 Capital Management also made a $1.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new PEN positions are Brandon Haley's Holocene Advisors, Mike Vranos's Ellington, and Anand Parekh's Alyeska Investment Group.
Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Penumbra Inc (NYSE:PEN) but similarly valued. These stocks are Ultrapar Participacoes SA (NYSE:UGP), Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE), Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP), and Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE:CLB). This group of stocks' market caps are similar to PEN's market cap.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position UGP,8,39754,0 CHE,23,465135,1 HPP,13,211981,-2 CLB,14,247330,-3 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $241 million. That figure was $313 million in PEN's case. Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Ultrapar Participacoes SA (NYSE:UGP) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Penumbra Inc (NYSE:PEN) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.