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Hedge Funds Are Buying LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (LPNT)

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Is LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) a splendid investment now? Money managers are becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund bets improved by 2 lately.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action surrounding LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT).

How have hedgies been trading LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 11% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (LPNT)When looking at the hedgies we track, Larry Robbins’s Glenview Capital had the biggest position in LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT), worth close to $175.5 million, accounting for 1.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Dreman Value Management, managed by David Dreman, which held a $39.4 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Balyasny Asset Management, managed by Dmitry Balyasny, assembled the biggest position in LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT). Balyasny Asset Management had 13.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management also made a $2.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital, and Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 5 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 LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT). These stocks are Amsurg Corp (NASDAQ:AMSG), Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VHS), Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH), Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM), and Health Management Associates Inc (NYSE:HMA). This group of stocks are the members of the hospitals industry and their market caps are closest to LPNT’s market cap.

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