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Does AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (ACRX) Stack Up Against Its Peers?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX).

Is AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX) a good investment today? Hedge funds think not, as they’re in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings dropped by 3 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare ACRX to other stocks including Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT), T2 Biosystems Inc (NASDAQ:TTOO), and Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFST) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 33% decline from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ACRX over the last 5 quarters, which has steadily declined in 2016. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors has the largest position in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX), worth close to $21 million, comprising 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is William Leland Edwards’ Palo Alto Investors, holding a $6.4 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions comprise D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk’s GRT Capital Partners, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that GRT Capital Partners is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds, which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.

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