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Genomic Health, Inc. (GHDX): Insiders Are Buying, Should You?: ICON plc – Ordinary Shares (ICLR), Novadaq Technologies Inc. (NVDQ)

Is Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX) an attractive investment today? Prominent investors are becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund positions improved by 1 in recent months.

Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX)

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Consequently, let’s take a look at the recent action surrounding Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX).

What does the smart money think about Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 8% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Baker Bros. Advisors, managed by Julian Baker and Felix Baker, holds the most valuable position in Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX). Baker Bros. Advisors has a $337 million position in the stock, comprising 8.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Baker Bros. Advisors’s heels is Donald Chiboucis of Columbus Circle Investors, with a $11 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Now, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. CR Intrinsic Investors, managed by SAC Subsidiary, assembled the most outsized position in Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX). CR Intrinsic Investors had 10 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX) has experienced 2 unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX). These stocks are ICON plc – Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:ICLR), Novadaq Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:NVDQ), Nordion Inc (USA) (NYSE:NDZ), WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:WX), and Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:BRLI). This group of stocks are the members of the medical laboratories & research industry and their market caps match GHDX’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
ICON plc – Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:ICLR) 16 0 0
Novadaq Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:NVDQ) 9 0 0
Nordion Inc (USA) (NYSE:NDZ) 16 0 0
WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:WX) 12 0 0
Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:BRLI) 10 0 2

With the returns exhibited by Insider Monkey’s strategies, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Genomic Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:GHDX) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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