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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH)

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Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH).

How are hedge funds trading Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 42 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 31% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global had the largest position in Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH), worth close to $73.2 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Viking Global’s heels is Clint Carlson of Carlson Capital, with a $64.3 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Visium Asset Management, managed by Jacob Gottlieb, established the most outsized call position in Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH). Visium Asset Management had 41.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital also made a $20.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new CAH positions are Stephen DuBois’s Camber Capital Management, James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management, and Alexander Roepers’s Atlantic Investment Management.

What have insiders been doing with Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH). These stocks are Omnicare, Inc. (NYSE:OCR), McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), “, and AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC). This group of stocks are the members of the drugs wholesale industry and their market caps are similar to CAH’s market cap.

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