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Perrigo Company (PRGO): Hedge Funds Are Bearish and Insiders Are Undecided, What Should You Do?

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Should Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO) investors track the following data?

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Now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to analyze the latest info surrounding Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO).

Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO)

How are hedge funds trading Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -33% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

According to our 13F database, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management had the most valuable position in Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO), worth close to $140.4 million, accounting for 3.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Sectoral Asset Management, managed by Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom, which held a $71.8 million position; 2.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Since Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO) has experienced declining interest from the smart money’s best and brightest, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of fund managers that elected to cut their entire stakes heading into Q2. At the top of the heap, Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP dropped the largest position of all the hedgies we track, totaling about $38.6 million in stock. Joe DiMenna’s fund, ZWEIG DIMENNA PARTNERS, also said goodbye to its stock, about $24.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 8 funds heading into Q2.

How are insiders trading Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Perrigo Company (NYSE:PRGO). These stocks are Lifevantage Corporation (NASDAQ:LFVN), USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:USNA), Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AUXL), Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:PBH), and Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF). This group of stocks are the members of the drug related products industry and their market caps are similar to PRGO’s market cap.

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