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Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRWD) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. IRWD was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with IRWD holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare IRWD to other stocks including Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ:FNSR), KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), and Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRWD)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 17% bump from the second quarter of 2016, with ownership of the stock among hedge funds rising to a yearly high as a result. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, OrbiMed Advisors, managed by Samuel Isaly, holds the most valuable position in Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRWD). OrbiMed Advisors has a $158 million position in the stock, comprising 1.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which holds an $86.1 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Roberto Mignone’s Bridger Management, Mitchell Blutt’s Consonance Capital Management and Oleg Nodelman’s EcoR1 Capital.