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Hedge Funds Are Buying Wright Medical Group Inc (WMGI)

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Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. WMGI investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with WMGI positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI)

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action regarding Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI).

What does the smart money think about Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 53% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Healthcor Management LP, managed by Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey, holds the largest position in Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI). Healthcor Management LP has a $66.1 million position in the stock, comprising 2.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, with a $58.7 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Roberto Mignone’s Bridger Management, Stephen DuBois’s Camber Capital Management and Eliav Assouline and Marc Andersen’s Axial Capital.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names have been driving this bullishness. CR Intrinsic Investors, managed by SAC Subsidiary, established the most outsized position in Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI). CR Intrinsic Investors had 10.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management also initiated a $4.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Peter Rathjens Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors.

What have insiders been doing with Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, 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 Wright Medical Group Inc (NASDAQ:WMGI). These stocks are Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ:VOLC), Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ:MASI), ArthroCare Corporation (NASDAQ:ARTC), CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ:CNMD), and NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA). This group of stocks belong to the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps match WMGI’s market cap.

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