athenahealth, Inc (ATHN): Smart Money Heads for the Exits

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Before we spend days researching a stock idea we’d like to take a look at how hedge funds and billionaire investors recently traded that stock. S&P 500 Index returned about 7.6% during the last 12 months ending November 21, 2016. Most investors don’t notice that less than 49% of the stocks in the index outperformed the index. This means you (or a monkey throwing a dart) have less than an even chance of beating the market by randomly picking a stock. On the other hand, the top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds had an average return of 18% during the same period. Hedge funds had bad stock picks like everyone else. We are sure you have read about their worst picks, like Valeant, in the media over the past year. So, taking cues from hedge funds isn’t a foolproof strategy, but it seems to work on average. In this article, we will take a look at what hedge funds think about athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN) .

athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. 15 hedge funds that we track were long the stock on September 30. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with ATHN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ATHN to other stocks including Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE:PF), Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI), and Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE:SIX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 25% slide from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ATHN over the last 5 quarters, which shows a steep drop in ownership over the past 2 quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the biggest position in athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN), worth close to $76.1 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management, with a $17.1 million position. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, Efrem Kamen’s Pura Vida Investments, and Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar 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.

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