Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (ATRA): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

We view hedge fund activity in the stock unfavorable, but in this case there was only a single hedge fund selling its entire position: Perceptive Advisors. One hedge fund selling its entire position doesn’t always imply a bearish intent. Theoretically a hedge fund may decide to sell a promising position in order to invest the proceeds in a more promising idea. However, we don’t think this is the case in this case because only one of the 800+ hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey identified as a viable investment and initiated a position in the stock (that fund was Alyeska Investment Group).

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ATRA). These stocks are Cedar Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:CDR), Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN), Tredegar Corporation (NYSE:TG), and Ciner Resources LP (NYSE:CINR). This group of stocks’ market valuations match ATRA’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CDR 5 19220 -1
MTRN 10 39790 -4
TG 7 93977 -2
CINR 4 10688 4

As you can see these stocks had an average of 7 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $41 million. That figure was $211 million in ATRA’s case. Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Ciner Resources LP (NYSE:CINR) is the least popular one with only 4 bullish hedge fund positions. Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ATRA) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard MTRN might be a better candidate to consider taking a long position in.

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