Aduro BioTech Inc (ADRO) Rebounds After Allaying Listeriosis Fears

A day after shares fell by 16%, Aduro BioTech Inc (NASDAQ:ADRO) has made up most of the losses, gaining 16.49% in trading today after holding a conference call to comment on the previous day’s seemingly dire news. That news revealed that one of the patients enrolled in a trial of the company’s listeria-based pancreatic cancer drug CRS-207 had contracted listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease given such patients’ already weakened immune systems. However, the company revealed that the phase 3 trial is ongoing and on track, which has softened fears that the treatment would need to head back to the drawing board. Nonetheless, investors tracked by Insider Monkey were growing less confident about the company heading into quarter. We’ll look at how they’ve traded the stock recently below.

Is Aduro BioTech Inc (NASDAQ:ADRO) a buy, sell, or hold? Hedge funds are becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund positions shrunk by 2 in the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare Aduro BioTech Inc (NASDAQ:ADRO) to other stocks including Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI), Independent Bank Corp (NASDAQ:INDB), and WesBanco, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSBC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the new action surrounding Aduro BioTech Inc (NASDAQ:ADRO).

Hedge fund activity in Aduro BioTech Inc (NASDAQ:ADRO)

At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an 18% slide from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, OrbiMed Advisors, managed by Samuel Isaly, holds the largest position in Aduro BioTech Inc (NASDAQ:ADRO). OrbiMed Advisors has a $20.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On OrbiMed Advisors’ heels is Point72 Asset Management, led by Steve Cohen, holding a $16.4 million position; the family office has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish include Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners, Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, and Graham McPhail’s Rock Springs Capital Management, and Lee Munder’s Lee Munder Capital Group.