Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
Is Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR) a buy right now? Money managers are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets inched up by 1 in recent months. ACOR was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with ACOR holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS), Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE:GOV), and WestAmerica Bancorp. (NASDAQ:WABC) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the new action surrounding Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR).
What have hedge funds been doing with Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, inching up by 6% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the biggest position in Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR). The fund reportedly holds a $47.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Baker Bros. Advisors, managed by Julian Baker and Felix Baker, which holds a $29.1 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, Christopher James’s Partner Fund Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.