Allergan, Inc. (AGN): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Undecided, What Should You Do?

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Is Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN) a buy?

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Furthermore, let’s examine the latest info about Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN).

How are hedge funds trading Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 42 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 35% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN)According to our 13F database, Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital had the largest position in Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN), worth close to $116.3 million, comprising 2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jacob Gottlieb of Visium Asset Management, with a $98.6 million position; 2.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

With a general bullishness amongst the titans, certain bigger names have jumped into Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN) headfirst. Point State Capital, managed by Sean Cullinan, created the biggest position in Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN). Point State Capital had 116.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management also initiated a $98.6 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

How have insiders been trading Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time frame, Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN). These stocks are Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited (ADR) (NYSE:RDY), Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC), Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:FRX), Novo Nordisk A/S (ADR) (NYSE:NVO), and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:TEVA). All of these stocks are in the drug manufacturers – other industry and their market caps are similar to AGN’s market cap.

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