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Is Trevena Inc (TRVN) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Trevena Inc (NASDAQ:TRVN) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Hedge fund interest in Trevena Inc (NASDAQ:TRVN) shares was flat at the end of last quarter, and there were 10 hedge funds with long positions in the company. 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 Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVTI), NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE:NQ), and Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE) to gather more data points.

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How are hedge funds trading Trevena Inc (NASDAQ:TRVN)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TRVN over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management has the biggest position in Trevena Inc (NASDAQ:TRVN), worth close to $12.2 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, with a $7.3 million position. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Kevin Kotler’s Broadfin Capital and Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. 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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