Hedge Funds Are Buying Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI): Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (OSIR), 3SBio Inc. (ADR) (SSRX)

Is Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI) the right investment to pursue these days? Investors who are in the know are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 2 recently.

Chuck Royce

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the key action regarding Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI).

Hedge fund activity in Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI)

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 25% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI). Royce & Associates has a $8 million position in the stock, comprising 0% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Visium Asset Management, managed by Jacob Gottlieb, which held a $5 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Consequently, key money managers have jumped into Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI) headfirst. AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, established the most valuable position in Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI). AQR Capital Management had 0 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors also initiated a $0 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new AMRI position is Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI) has seen 2 unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI). These stocks are Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIR), 3SBio Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:SSRX), PROLOR Biotech Inc (NYSEAMEX:PBTH), XenoPort, Inc. (NASDAQ:XNPT), and Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX). This group of stocks are the members of the biotechnology industry and their market caps are similar to AMRI’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIR) 1 1 3
3SBio Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:SSRX) 9 0 0
PROLOR Biotech Inc (NYSEAMEX:PBTH) 3 0 0
XenoPort, Inc. (NASDAQ:XNPT) 13 0 0
Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX) 5 1 0

With the results demonstrated by our strategies, everyday investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRI) is no exception.

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