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Should You Avoid Merge Healthcare Inc. (MRGE)?

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Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGE)

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Furthermore, we’re going to analyze the recent info about Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGE).

What does the smart money think about Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGE)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -9% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

According to our 13F database, Deerfield Management, managed by James E. Flynn, holds the most valuable position in Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGE). Deerfield Management has a $2.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Visium Asset Management, managed by Jacob Gottlieb, which held a $1.6 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies that are bullish include Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital.

Since Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGE) has witnessed declining interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there were a few hedge funds who were dropping their full holdings in Q1. Interestingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies said goodbye to the largest investment of all the hedgies we track, totaling about $0.5 million in stock. Ken Griffin’s fund, Citadel Investment Group, also dropped its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds in Q1.

How have insiders been trading Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGE)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGE) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Merge Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ:MRGE). These stocks are WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ:WBMD), MedAssets, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDAS), Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII), Streamline Health Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:STRM), and Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSI). This group of stocks are in the healthcare information services industry and their market caps match MRGE’s market cap.

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