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Do Hedge Funds Love Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (KPTI)?

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Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility. The time period between June 25 and the end of October was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have seen some volatility in their portfolios too. Actually, their moves are potentially one of the factors that contributed to this volatility. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:KPTI).

Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:KPTI) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. KPTI investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with KPTI positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Davids Tea Inc (NASDAQ:DTEA), NewStar Financial Inc (NASDAQ:NEWS), and Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE:RSO) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:KPTI)

Heading into Q4, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 10% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, William Leland Edwards’s Palo Alto Investors has the largest position in Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:KPTI), worth close to $32.5 million, comprising 1.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On Palo Alto Investors’s heels is Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, with a $10.8 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. The remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Bihua Chen’s Cormorant Asset Management.

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