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Is Quidel Corporation (QDEL) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL).

Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with QDEL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare QDEL to other stocks including INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL), Oritani Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:ORIT), and Instructure Inc (NYSE:INST) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the new action encompassing Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL).

What have hedge funds been doing with Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 17% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 9 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in QDEL heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

HedgeFund

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holds the biggest position in Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL). GAMCO Investors has a $13.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with a $10.7 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish contain D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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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