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Acorda Therapeutics Inc (ACOR): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It But Hedge Funds Love It

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Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR)

Furthermore, we’re going to analyze the latest info about Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR).

How are hedge funds trading Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 20% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP had the biggest position in Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR), worth close to $13.3 million, comprising 0.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, with a $8.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names have been driving this bullishness. Healthcor Management LP, managed by Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey, established the biggest position in Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR). Healthcor Management LP had 13.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors also made a $8.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Insider trading activity in Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR). These stocks are Synageva BioPharma Corp (NASDAQ:GEVA), Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX), Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT), ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMGN), and Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR). This group of stocks belong to the biotechnology industry and their market caps resemble ACOR’s market cap.

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