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Should You Buy Hanger Inc (HGR)?

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What’s a smart Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR) investor to do?

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Thus, it’s important to discuss the latest info about Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR).

How have hedgies been trading Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 10% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the biggest position in Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR). Citadel Investment Group has a $2.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John Overdeck and David Siegel of Two Sigma Advisors, with a $2.2 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

Consequently, particular hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, established the most outsized position in Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR). Citadel Investment Group had 2.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also made a $2.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new HGR positions are Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR) has seen 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 Hanger Inc (NYSE:HGR). These stocks are U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NYSE:USPH), Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY), HEALTHSOUTH Corp. (NYSE:HLS), IPC The Hospitalist Company Inc (NASDAQ:IPCM), and Acadia Healthcare Company Inc (NASDAQ:ACHC). This group of stocks are in the specialized health services industry and their market caps are closest to HGR’s market cap.

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