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Is Array Biopharma Inc (ARRY) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY) a worthy stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know are buying. The number of bullish hedge fund bets advanced by 3 recently.

Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the recent action encompassing Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY).

Hedge fund activity in Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY)

At Q1’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 18% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management had the biggest position in Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY), worth close to $55.2 million, comprising 3.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Deerfield Management’s heels is OrbiMed Advisors, managed by Samuel Isaly, which held a $23.5 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Jeremy Green’s Redmile Group, Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial and Thomas E. Claugus’s GMT Capital.

Now, specific money managers have jumped into Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY) headfirst. CR Intrinsic Investors, managed by SAC Subsidiary, established the most outsized position in Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY). CR Intrinsic Investors had 0.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management also initiated a $0.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ARRY positions are Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, and Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners.

Insider trading activity in Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY)

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Array Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:ARRY). These stocks are EXACT Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAS), ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ACAD), Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MACK), Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPTR), and Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CADX). All of these stocks are in the biotechnology industry and their market caps resemble ARRY’s market cap.

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