Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX)?

Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately.

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Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX)

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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a gander at the latest action regarding Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX).

What have hedge funds been doing with Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX)?

At year’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -25% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

Seeing as Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX) has faced a declination in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there were a few money managers who were dropping their positions entirely at the end of the year. At the top of the heap, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management dumped the biggest stake of all the hedgies we key on, totaling an estimated $4 million in stock., and Gregory Fraser, Rudolph Kluiber, and Timothy Krochuk of GRT Capital Partners was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $0 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds at the end of the year.

What have insiders been doing with Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time period, Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by Insider Monkey’s strategies, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX) is no exception.

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