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Is PolarityTE, Inc. (PTE) A Good Stock To Buy ?

Abigail Fisher

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PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTE) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. Our calculations also showed that PTE isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We're going to take a gander at the key hedge fund action regarding PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTE).

How are hedge funds trading PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTE)?

At Q1's end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -23% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 3 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PTE a year ago. With the smart money's capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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The largest stake in PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTE) was held by Castle Hook Partners, which reported holding $11.4 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by DSAM Partners with a $11.3 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Ardsley Partners, Healthcor Management LP, and Millennium Management.

Because PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTE) has faced falling interest from hedge fund managers, it's easy to see that there was a specific group of funds that elected to cut their full holdings in the third quarter. Interestingly, Ari Zweiman's 683 Capital Partners sold off the largest position of the 700 funds followed by Insider Monkey, comprising close to $9.2 million in stock, and James A. Silverman's Opaleye Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $5.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds in the third quarter.

Let's check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTE). These stocks are Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ:KMDA), MBT Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MBTF), Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR), and Premier Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFBI). This group of stocks' market valuations are closest to PTE's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position KMDA,4,9017,1 MBTF,7,15340,2 ISTR,5,30928,0 PFBI,5,10156,1 Average,5.25,16360,1 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 5.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $16 million. That figure was $44 million in PTE's case. MBT Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MBTF) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Kamada Ltd (NASDAQ:KMDA) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks PolarityTE, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTE) is more popular among hedge funds. 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 PTE wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on PTE were disappointed as the stock returned -45% 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 in Q2.

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

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