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Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SPPI): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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What’s more, it’s important to examine the newest info surrounding Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI).

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI).

How have hedgies been trading Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -25% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

According to our 13F database, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management had the largest position in Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI), worth close to $15.1 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw, with a $9 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital, William Leland Edwards’s Palo Alto Investors and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

Judging by the fact that Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI) has faced declining interest from the top-tier hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of funds who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. Intriguingly, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital dropped the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, totaling about $4.7 million in stock, and Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment Corp was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI) 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 Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPPI). These stocks are Emergent Biosolutions Inc (NYSE:EBS), Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM), Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDIX), Dyax Corp. (NASDAQ:DYAX), and QLT Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:QLTI). This group of stocks are in the biotechnology industry and their market caps are similar to SPPI’s market cap.

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