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Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (LH): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

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Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) has experienced an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months.

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David Blood

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action regarding Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH).

Hedge fund activity in Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH)

At Q1’s end, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the largest position in Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH). Pzena Investment Management has a $208.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Chieftain Capital, managed by John Shapiro, which held a $131.2 million position; 9.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management, Michael A. Price and Amos Meron’s Empyrean Capital Partners and Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co..

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Generation Investment Management, managed by David Blood and Al Gore, created the most valuable position in Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH). Generation Investment Management had 108.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Stephen DuBois’s Camber Capital Management also made a $18 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new LH investors: Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

What have insiders been doing with Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH). These stocks are Covance Inc. (NYSE:CVD), Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A), Life Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:LIFE), Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD), and Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE:DGX). This group of stocks are in the medical laboratories & research industry and their market caps are closest to LH’s market cap.

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