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Hedge Funds Are Buying Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SPPI): Emergent Biosolutions Inc (EBS), Sequenom, Inc. (SQNM)

Is Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI) a buy here? Prominent investors are taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets inched up by 2 in recent months.

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI).

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Now, let’s take a peek at the key action encompassing Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI).

Hedge fund activity in Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI)

At year’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 18% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors had the largest position in Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI), worth close to $17 million, accounting for 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Baker Bros. Advisors’s heels is D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, which held a $7 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies with similar optimism include Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital, Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, specific money managers have jumped into Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI) headfirst. D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, assembled the most outsized position in Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI). D E Shaw had 7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital also made a $4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management.

How are insiders trading Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI) has seen 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI). These stocks are Emergent Biosolutions Inc (NYSE:EBS), Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM), Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDIX), Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:QLTI). This group of stocks are the members of the biotechnology industry and their market caps resemble SPPI’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Emergent Biosolutions Inc (NYSE:EBS) 17 0 1
Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM) 15 2 0
Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDIX) 17 0 0
Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX) 11 0 3
QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:QLTI) 16 0 1

With the results shown by the aforementioned research, retail investors must always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI) is no exception.

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