Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) was in 37 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of March. VRX shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 35 hedge funds in our database with VRX holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Consequently, we're going to take a peek at the key action encompassing Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX).
Heading into Q2, a total of 37 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter.
As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have jumped into Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) headfirst. Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, created the most outsized position in Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX). Lone Pine Capital had 368.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. William B. Gray's Orbis Investment Management also made a $153.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new VRX investors: Eric Chen's Antipodean Advisors and Charles Anderson's Fox Point Capital Management.
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX). These stocks are Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCTH), Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS), Alkermes Plc (NASDAQ:ALKS), Hospira, Inc. (NYSE:HSP), and Elan Corporation, plc (ADR) (NYSE:ELN). This group of stocks are in the drug delivery industry and their market caps are closest to VRX's market cap.