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Hedge Funds Are Buying Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (GTIV)

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Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV) has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action encompassing Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV).

What does the smart money think about Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (GTIV)According to our comprehensive database, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management had the most valuable position in Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV), worth close to $10.8 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson of Adage Capital Management, with a $10.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Now, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, established the biggest position in Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV). Adage Capital Management had 10.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management also initiated a $5.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new GTIV positions are James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management and Mark A. Nordlicht’s Platinum Management.

Insider trading activity in Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV)

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 6 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 Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV). These stocks are Chemed Corporation (NYSE:CHE), Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFAM), LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG), and Amedisys Inc (NASDAQ:AMED). All of these stocks are in the home health care industry and their market caps resemble GTIV’s market cap.

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