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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (VIVO) Anymore

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We can judge whether Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) is a good investment right now by following the lead of some of the best investors in the world and piggybacking their ideas. There’s no better way to get these firms’ immense resources and analytical capabilities working for us than to follow their lead into their best ideas. While not all of these picks will be winners, research shows that these picks historically outperformed the market when we factor in known risk factors.

Is Meridian Bioscience, Inc. a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund positions dropped by 2 recently. VIVO was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with VIVO positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Revance Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:RVNC), Libbey Inc. (NYSEMKT:LBY), and Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the latest action encompassing Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO).

How are hedge funds trading Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 12% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO), worth close to $23.8 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Robert B. Gillam of McKinley Capital Management, with a $4.4 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.

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