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Is Ascendis Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:ASND) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are altogether getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings experienced an increase of 1 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare ASND to other stocks including Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK), Myers Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MYE), and Axcelis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:ACLS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Ascendis Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:ASND)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 9% rise from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in ASND heading into this year, so sentiment is also up slightly in 2016. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, RA Capital Management, led by Peter Kolchinsky, holds the biggest position in Ascendis Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:ASND). RA Capital Management has a $74 million position in the stock, comprising 7.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by OrbiMed Advisors, led by Samuel Isaly, holding a $44 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Julian Baker and Felix Baker’s Baker Bros. Advisors, Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, and Graham McPhail’s Rock Springs Capital Management, and Oleg Nodelman’s EcoR1 Capital. 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.