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Hedge Funds Are Buying WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (WCG)

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WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. WCG was in 31 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with WCG positions at the end of the previous quarter. This may not necessarily be a bullish indicator especially if WCG is less popular than similarly valued stocks. At the end of this article we will also compare WCG to other stocks including Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO), Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP), and United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 3% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the largest position in WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG), worth close to $161.4 million. Coming in second is Samuel Isaly of OrbiMed Advisors, with a $146.1 million position; the fund has 1.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish include Alan Fournier’s Pennant Capital Management, Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors and Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management.

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