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How Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (ANTH) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH).

Hedge fund interest in Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Virtus Total Return Fund (NYSE:DCA), Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ:AVXL), and Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECYT) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the latest action regarding Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH).

Hedge fund activity in Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in ANTH over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors has the biggest position in Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ANTH), worth close to $4.6 million, corresponding to 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Kevin Kotler of Broadfin Capital, with a $3.6 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish contain Michael Castor’s Sio Capital, Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, Graham McPhail’s Rock Springs Capital Management and Hal Mintz’s Sabby Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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