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Medical Device Makers Top Tamarack Capital’s Portfolio

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Justin John Ferayorni’s Tamarack Capital has released its 13F filing for the reporting period of June 30. The hedge fund, which primarily invests in healthcare stocks, was founded by Ferayorni in 2005 after he worked as a portfolio manager and analyst at Bricoleur Capital. At the end of the second quarter, the fund had a public equity portfolio valued at $869.74 million, up from $759.00 million at the end of the first quarter. Interestingly, Tamarack Capital’s 13F portfolio represents 289.91% of assets under its management. While the fund is invested in many stocks, its top ten stocks account for 66.83% of its portfolio value. From the fund’s activities during the quarter, it became apparent that it is quite enamored with medical device makers at the moment. In this article, we will take a look at the top three picks from its portfolio, which are Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX), Becton, Dickinson and Co. (NYSE:BDX), and Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE:DGX).

Justin John Ferayorni - Tamarack Capital Management

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Let’s now have a look at Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX), which sits at the top of Tamarack Capital’s portfolio in terms of long positions going into the third quarter of 2015. At the end of the second quarter, the fund held 4.05 million shares of the company, with a value of $62.13 million, representing 7.14% of its portfolio value. The Irvine, California-based company recently saw some insider trading activity in the form of an insider sale of 1,250 shares at an average price of $12.60, with the shares having been unloaded by James Machek, the company’s VP of Research & Development. The company’s performance year-to-date stands at a loss of 12.88% despite its promising industry. Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX) recently announced enormous progress in Pivotal Trial of investigational device exemption (IDE) that it sponsors. The study seeks to establish how effective Nellix EndoVascular Aneurysm Sealing System is for repairing infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms. Success of the full study will be a big milestone for the company, particularly in the U.S., where the Nellix EVAS System is only approved for use in testing. At the end of the second quarter, Rail-Splitter Capital Management, managed by John Croghan and Richard Fradin, sold off its former position of 186,076 shares, apparently not feeling quite as positive about its prospects as Tamarack Capital.

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