Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALNY)?

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY) has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently.

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Consequently, let’s take a glance at the key action encompassing Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY).

What does the smart money think about Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 55% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ALNY)When looking at the hedgies we track, Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP had the largest position in Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY), worth close to $35.3 million, accounting for 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Roberto Mignone of Bridger Management, with a $33.3 million position; 2.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management, Stephen DuBois’s Camber Capital Management and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds have jumped into Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY) headfirst. Deerfield Management, managed by James E. Flynn, created the largest position in Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY). Deerfield Management had 29.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors also made a $14.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ALNY positions are Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital, Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors, and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments.

What have insiders been doing with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY). These stocks are Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA), Acorda Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ACOR), ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMGN), Viropharma Inc (NASDAQ:VPHM), and Synageva BioPharma Corp (NASDAQ:GEVA). This group of stocks belong to the biotechnology industry and their market caps are similar to ALNY’s market cap.