Horizon Pharma Inc (HZNP): Insiders Are Dumping, Should You?

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Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP) has seen a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late.

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Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP)

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action regarding Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP).

How are hedge funds trading Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital had the largest position in Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP), worth close to $5.2 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Farallon Capital’s heels is Anand Parekh of Alyeska Investment Group, with a $2.9 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism include Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Carl Goldsmith and Scott Klein’s Beach Point Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Seeing as Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP) has witnessed declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few hedge funds that slashed their entire stakes heading into 2013. At the top of the heap, Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors cut the largest stake of the 450+ funds we watch, worth close to $0.2 million in stock. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

What have insiders been doing with Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Horizon Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HZNP). These stocks are AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX), SIGA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIGA), Zogenix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZGNX), TherapeuticsMD Inc (OTC:TXMD), and Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMPE). This group of stocks belong to the drug manufacturers – major industry and their market caps match HZNP’s market cap.

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