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Should You Avoid Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (AUPH)?

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Is Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.

Is Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money is getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions dropped by 1 lately. It might be of interest to know that the shares of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH) faced a similar market reaction. For an in-depth understanding of the hedge fund reaction, we will discuss hedge funds that held positions in the company, at the end of September.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the key action regarding Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH).

What does the smart money think about Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH)?

At the end of Q3, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decline of 20% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Great Point Partners, managed by Jeffrey Jay and David Kroin, holds the largest position in Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH). Great Point Partners has a $6.9 million position in the stock, comprising 2.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Julian Baker and Felix Baker of Baker Bros. Advisors, with a $2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Jonathan Lourie and Stuart Fiertz’s Cheyne Capital.

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