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Is Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALNY) A Good Stock To Buy Right Now?

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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 Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY).

Hedge fund interest in Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY) 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 Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc (NYSE:EVHC), WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG), and Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the new action surrounding Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY).

What have hedge funds been doing with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. The table below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish ALNY positions over the last 5 quarters.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Blue Ridge Capital, managed by billionaire John Griffin, holds the largest position in Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY). Blue Ridge Capital has a $89.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Slate Path Capital, managed by David Greenspan, which holds a $83 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish include Roberto Mignone’s Bridger Management, Joel Ramin’s 12 West Capital Management and Richard Gerson and Navroz D. Udwadia’s Falcon Edge Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds were among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds.

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