150% Surge in Smart Money Ownership of Versartis Inc (VSAR): What Have They Discovered?

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Is Versartis Inc (NASDAQ:VSAR) the right investment to pursue these days? Hedge funds are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings inched up by 9 recently. VSAR was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with VSAR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare VSAR to other stocks including Casella Waste Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST), NMI Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NMIH), and DICE HOLDINGS, INC. (NYSE:DHX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Versartis Inc (NASDAQ:VSAR)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 150% surge from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 10 hedge funds with a bullish position in VSAR at the beginning of this year, showing a 50% increase this year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).


According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Perceptive Advisors, led by Joseph Edelman, holds the most valuable position in Versartis Inc (NASDAQ:VSAR). Perceptive Advisors has a $49.4 million position in the stock, comprising 3.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Aisling Capital, led by Dennis Purcell, holding a $30.9 million position; 6.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors, Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital, and Philip Hempleman’s Ardsley Partners. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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