This MannKind Corporation (MNKD) Data Is Simply Jaw-Dropping. Wow.

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MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) has gotten one of the biggest votes of confidence we’ve seen from the smart money, out of the entire stock market universe and the 500+ elite hedge funds we track. Simply, wow.

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What’s more, we’re going to examine the newest info surrounding MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD).

Hedge fund activity in MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD)

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 67% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Tang Capital Management, managed by Kevin C. Tang, holds the largest position in MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD). Tang Capital Management has a $7.7 million position in the stock, comprising 3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by CR Intrinsic Investors, managed by SAC Subsidiary, which held a $3.3 million call position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

As one would understandably expect, certain bigger names have been driving this bullishness. Tang Capital Management, managed by Kevin C. Tang, initiated the largest position in MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD). Tang Capital Management had 33.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners also initiated a $14.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new MNKD positions are Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Kevin C. Tang’s Tang Capital Management, and Howard Marks’s Oaktree Capital Management.

How are insiders trading MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD)?

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) has seen 2 unique insiders purchasing, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD). These stocks are VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS), NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:NPSP), Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLDX), PDL BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:PDLI), and Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE:PBYI). This group of stocks belong to the biotechnology industry and their market caps are closest to MNKD’s market cap.

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