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Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX) Investors: Listen Up

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Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) investors: listen up.

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Furthermore, we’re going to examine the recent info surrounding Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX).

What does the smart money think about Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -8% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Diamond Hill Capital, managed by Ric Dillon, holds the biggest position in Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX). Diamond Hill Capital has a $189.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors, with a $152.6 million position; 2.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that hold long positions include Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) has experienced a fall in interest from the smart money’s best and brightest, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedge funds that slashed their full holdings at the end of the second quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management dumped the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we track, valued at an estimated $23 million in stock. Jay Venkatesen’s fund, Ayer Capital Management, also sold off its stock, about $6.7 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds at the end of the second quarter.

How are insiders trading Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX). These stocks are Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR), Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ZMH), Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE:EW), St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), and Smith & Nephew plc (ADR) (NYSE:SNN). All of these stocks are in the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps are similar to BSX’s market cap.

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