Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (IART)?

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Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the latest info for Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART).

Hedge fund activity in Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART)

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -46% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

According to our 13F database, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management had the most valuable position in Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART), worth close to $22.2 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Kevin Kotler of Broadfin Capital, with a $18.4 million position; the fund has 3.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

As Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART) has faced a fall in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of funds that slashed their positions entirely heading into Q2. Intriguingly, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management cut the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, comprising close to $13.9 million in stock, and Mark Broach of Manatuck Hill Partners was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $7.5 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 6 funds heading into Q2.

How are insiders trading Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:IART). These stocks are HeartWare International Inc (NASDAQ:HTWR), ICU Medical, Incorporated (NASDAQ:ICUI), Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ:PODD), Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX), and DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM). This group of stocks belong to the medical instruments & supplies industry and their market caps match IART’s market cap.

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