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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Maxygen, Inc. (MAXY) Anymore

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Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAXY) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. MAXY has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with MAXY holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAXY)

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAXY).

What does the smart money think about Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAXY)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAXY). Renaissance Technologies has a $2.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $1.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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Insider trading activity in Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAXY)

Insider buying is most useful when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAXY) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAXY). These stocks are Forrester Research, Inc. (NASDAQ:FORR), National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCI), Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BASI), Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ:LUNA), and National Technical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTSC). This group of stocks belong to the research services industry and their market caps are closest to MAXY’s market cap.

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