Accretive Health, Inc. (AH): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

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Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. AH has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with AH positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action surrounding Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH).

Hedge fund activity in Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH)

At Q1’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management had the biggest position in Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH), worth close to $26.4 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Adage Capital Management’s heels is Thomas Ellis and Todd Hammer of North Run Capital, with a $24.1 million position; 3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital, Edward Gilhuly and Scott Stuart’s Sageview Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Since Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH) has witnessed declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there was a specific group of money managers who were dropping their positions entirely heading into Q2. Interestingly, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital cut the largest position of all the hedgies we key on, totaling an estimated $61.7 million in stock.. Bruce Kovner’s fund, Caxton Associates LP, also dropped its stock, about $4.7 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds heading into Q2.

Insider trading activity in Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Accretive Health, Inc. (NYSE:AH). These stocks are FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:FCN), Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI), Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO), Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE), and Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN). This group of stocks are the members of the management services industry and their market caps are similar to AH’s market cap.

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