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Is Syneron Medical Ltd. (ELOS) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS) undervalued? Money managers are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets moved up by 1 in recent months.

Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS)

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a peek at the key action surrounding Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS).

Hedge fund activity in Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS)

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Baupost Group, managed by Seth Klarman, holds the biggest position in Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS). Baupost Group has a $40.9 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Baupost Group’s heels is Jacob Gottlieb of Visium Asset Management, with a $23 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Samuel Isaly’s OrbiMed Advisors.

Consequently, key hedge funds have jumped into Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS) headfirst. Hutchin Hill Capital, managed by Neil Chriss, initiated the largest position in Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS). Hutchin Hill Capital had 0.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Syneron Medical Ltd. (NASDAQ:ELOS). These stocks are GenMark Diagnostics, Inc (NASDAQ:GNMK), Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NYSEAMEX:NAVB), Natus Medical Inc (NASDAQ:BABY), PhotoMedex Inc (NASDAQ:PHMD), and Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ:ARAY). This group of stocks are in the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps match ELOS’s market cap.

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