Hedge Funds Are Betting On Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARIA)

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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

Is Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Prominent investors are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions moved up by 2 lately. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as BlackRock Credit All Inc Trust IV (NYSE:BTZ), Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GGAL), and Brink’S Co (NYSE:BCO) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the key action surrounding Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA).

How are hedge funds trading Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 7% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Sarissa Capital Management, run by Alex Denner, holds the biggest position in Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARIA). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $175.9 million position in the stock, comprising 40.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Consonance Capital Management, led by Mitchell Blutt, which holds a $119 million position; 11.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Zach Schreiber’s Point State Capital, William Leland Edwards’s Palo Alto Investors and Jeremy Green’s Redmile Group.

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