Hedge Funds Are Betting On Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (FURX)

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Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. FURX investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with FURX positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX).

How are hedge funds trading Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 175% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (FURX)When looking at the hedgies we track, Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital had the biggest position in Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX), worth close to $11.2 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $2.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Consequently, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Point State Capital, managed by Sean Cullinan, established the most valuable position in Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX). Point State Capital had 11.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $2 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new FURX investors: Peter Rathjens Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

How have insiders been trading Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:FURX). These stocks are Safeguard Scientifics, Inc (NYSE:SFE), Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:UEPS), Multi-Color Corporation (NASDAQ:LABL), Higher One Holdings, Inc (NYSE:ONE), and Consolidated Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:CGX). All of these stocks are in the business services industry and their market caps are similar to FURX’s market cap.

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