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Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CHRS) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. CHRS has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with CHRS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI), Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), and Veeco Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ:VECO) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the recent action regarding Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CHRS).
Hedge fund activity in Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CHRS)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a boost of 36% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the largest position in Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CHRS), worth close to $27 million, comprising less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is OrbiMed Advisors, led by Samuel Isaly, which holds a $18 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Bihua Chen’s Cormorant Asset Management, Kris Jenner, Gordon Bussard, Graham McPhail’s Rock Springs Capital Management and James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management.