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Should You Avoid AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (ACRX)?

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Is AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX) a good investment right now? We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, expert networks, and get tips from industry insiders. They fail miserably sometimes, but historically their consensus stock picks outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

Is AcelRx Pharmaceuticals the right pick for your portfolio? The stock is not very popular among the funds we track and the number of long hedge fund bets went down by 2 during the third quarter as the stock lost 23% of its value in the same period. However, 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 Cherokee Inc. (NASDAQ:CHKE), Global Partner Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:GPAC), and hhgregg, Inc. (NYSE:HGG) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s review the latest action surrounding AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX).

How are hedge funds trading AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decline of 17% from one quarter earlier. Despite the decline, there still exists a number of investors that own substantial positions in the company.

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Perceptive Advisors, managed by Joseph Edelman, holds the most valuable position in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX). Perceptive Advisors has a $19.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Palo Alto Investors, led by William Leland Edwards, holding a $5.1 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include Bihua Chen’s Cormorant Asset Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Hal Mintz’s Sabby Capital.

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