Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Mylan Inc. (MYL)?

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Is Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL) a buy?

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to analyze the newest info surrounding Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL).

Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL)

What have hedge funds been doing with Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 30% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

According to our 13F database, Paulson & Co, managed by John Paulson, holds the biggest position in Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL). Paulson & Co has a $376.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is OrbiMed Advisors, managed by Samuel Isaly, which held a $154.7 million position; 3.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management, and Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP.

As aggregate interest spiked, certain bigger names were leading the bulls’ herd. Paulson & Co, managed by John Paulson, assembled the biggest position in Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL). Paulson & Co had 376.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Samuel Isaly’s OrbiMed Advisors also made a $154.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new MYL investors: Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management, Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management, and Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group.

How have insiders been trading Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Mylan Inc. (NASDAQ:MYL). These stocks are Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND), Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA), Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX), Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLXP), and Actavis Inc (NYSE:ACT). This group of stocks belong to the drugs – generic industry and their market caps are similar to MYL’s market cap.

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