Hedge Funds Are Abandoing Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (PTIE)

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small-cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Hedge funds are getting less bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets was cut by 4 lately. At the end of this article, we will also compare PTIE to other stocks, including OHR Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ:OHRP), Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD), and Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd (NASDAQ:GLMD) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE).

Hedge fund activity in Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE)

At the end of September, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decrease of 31% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exist a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack’s Nantahala Capital Management has the biggest position in Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE), worth close to $8.3 million, amounting to 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Nantahala Capital Management’s heels is Biotechnology Value Fund / BVF Inc, managed by Mark Lampert, which holds an $1.7 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Renaissance Technologies, Ari Zweiman’s 683 Capital Partners and D E Shaw.

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