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Hedge Funds Are Dumping OraSure Technologies, Inc. (OSUR)

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What’s a smart OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR) investor to do?

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OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR)

What’s more, we’re going to analyze the newest info surrounding OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR).

How have hedgies been trading OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -13% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Due to the fact OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR) has experienced declining interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there was a specific group of hedge funds that decided to sell off their full holdings at the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, JΘr⌠me Pfund and Michael Sj÷str÷m’s Sectoral Asset Management sold off the largest position of all the hedgies we monitor, totaling an estimated $8.6 million in stock, and Ryan Schaper of Point Lobos Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $2.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds at the end of the second quarter.

Insider trading activity in OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR). These stocks are Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:ATEC), STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA), AngioDynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANGO), Atrion Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRI), and Vascular Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:VASC). This group of stocks belong to the medical instruments & supplies industry and their market caps are similar to OSUR’s market cap.

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