DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. XRAY investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with XRAY holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action regarding DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY).
What does the smart money think about DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY)?
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 22% from the previous quarter.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Hutchin Hill Capital, managed by Neil Chriss, established the biggest position in DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY). Hutchin Hill Capital had 4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors also made a $2.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new XRAY positions are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.
Insider trading activity in DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY)
Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY). These stocks are Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), C.R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR), Mindray Medical International Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:MR), CareFusion Corporation (NYSE:CFN), and The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO). This group of stocks are the members of the medical instruments & supplies industry and their market caps resemble XRAY’s market cap.