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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (CYTX)

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Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months.

Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the key action surrounding Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX).

How have hedgies been trading Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -38% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the largest position in Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX). Adage Capital Management has a $0.6 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $0.3 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, John Burbank’s Passport Capital and Sander Gerber’s Hudson Bay Capital Management.

Since Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX) has faced declining sentiment from the smart money, logic holds that there exists a select few money managers that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Peter Kolchinsky’s RA Capital Management cut the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, valued at about $5.9 million in stock.. Cliff Asness’s fund, AQR Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $0.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds last quarter.

Insider trading activity in Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX)

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX) has experienced 3 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Cytori Therapeutics Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:CYTX). These stocks are Durata Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:DRTX), Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENZN), OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:OGXI), ShangPharma Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SHP), and Cempra Inc (NASDAQ:CEMP). This group of stocks are in the biotechnology industry and their market caps are similar to CYTX’s market cap.

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