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Is Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO) a buy here? Prominent investors are surely reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions fell by 1 lately. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with HBIO holdings at the end of the 2016 third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HBIO to other stocks including Xcel Brands Inc (NASDAQ:XELB), FBR & Co (NASDAQ:FBRC), and Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the new action regarding Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO).
What have hedge funds been doing with Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a decline of 14% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 7 hedge funds with a bullish position in HBIO at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $4.5 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, holding a $1.4 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.