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Is athenahealth, Inc (ATHN) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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What’s a smart athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN) investor to do?

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Furthermore, let’s examine the latest info surrounding athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN).

What have hedge funds been doing with athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 8% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN)According to our 13F database, Criterion Capital, managed by Christopher Lord, holds the most valuable position in athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN). Criterion Capital has a $102.9 million position in the stock, comprising 4.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global, with a $60.5 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Consequently, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Criterion Capital, managed by Christopher Lord, established the biggest position in athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN). Criterion Capital had 102.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global also made a $60.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ATHN positions are Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

What have insiders been doing with athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN). These stocks are Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV), MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE:MMS), WEX Inc (NYSE:WXS), Global Payments Inc (NYSE:GPN), and Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL). All of these stocks are in the business services industry and their market caps are similar to ATHN’s market cap.

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