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Why Are Investors Selling Shares of These Four Companies?

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On a day where the S&P 500 is up by 0.82% and the NASDAQ is up by over 1%, shares of Green Brick Partners Inc (NASDAQ:GRBK), MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD), Team Health Holdings LLC (NYSE:TMH), and Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:TKAI) are down for various reasons. Let’s find out why and see what hedge funds think about these stocks.

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Green Brick Partners Inc (NASDAQ:GRBK) is down by 21.33% after the company said in an 8-K filing that: ‘due to a number of factors including weather, new community development, labor shortages and an extended building cycle pushing back closings in its core markets’, it expects pre-tax income attributable to the company to be in the range of $22 million-to-$24 million for 2015, a number below market expectations. Investors were originally optimistic about the company because the U.S housing market has been red-hot, as U.S home builder confidence nears a ten-year high on the back of falling unemployment and low interest rates. The recent guidance cut will likely dampen that optimism. The stock remains a hedge fund hotel, however, as David Einhorn‘s Greenlight Capital owned 24.12 million shares and Dan Loeb’s Third Point owned 8.08 million shares at the end of June.

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MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD) is off by 8% in afternoon trading as sentiment towards the company deteriorates. Investors originally had high expectations for the company’s inhaled insulin product, Afrezza, but sales have been lackluster so far, with Afrezza marketing partner Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE:SNY) recently reporting that Afrezza contributed around 2 million Euros ($2.20 million) to the company’s bottom line in the third quarter. Sanofi’s Afrezza revenues in the third quarter were comparable to the drug giant’s Afrezza sales in the second quarter. MannKind needs sales of the inhaled insulin product to pick up substantially rather than flat line for the stock to go north. Of the 730 elite funds we track, just 13 owned stakes in MannKind valued at $128.99 million on June 30. Jonathan Savitz‘s Greywolf Capital Management owned 11.1 million shares at the end of the second quarter.

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On the next page, we examine why Team Health Holdings LLC and Tokai Pharmaceuticals are down. 

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