Hedge Funds Are Betting On Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR) – Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:HNSN), Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc (NASDAQ:ZLTQ)

Is Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR) a buy here? Prominent investors are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 2 in recent months.

Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR)

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a peek at the key action encompassing Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR).

How are hedge funds trading Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 22% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

Of the funds we track, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the most valuable position in Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR). GAMCO Investors has a $5 million position in the stock, comprising 0% of its 13F portfolio. On GAMCO Investors’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $5 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital and Gabe Hoffman’s Accipiter Capital Management.

Now, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Driehaus Capital, managed by Richard Driehaus, assembled the most outsized position in Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR). Driehaus Capital had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors also initiated a $0 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR). These stocks are Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc (NASDAQ:ZLTQ), Solta Medical Inc (NASDAQ:SLTM), Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:HNSN), RTI Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:RTIX), and Cryolife Inc (NYSE:CRY). This group of stocks belong to the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps match CUTR’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc (NASDAQ:ZLTQ) 4 0 1
Solta Medical Inc (NASDAQ:SLTM) 6 0 1
Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:HNSN) 4 1 7
RTI Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ:RTIX) 14 0 1
Cryolife Inc (NYSE:CRY) 7 0 2

With the results exhibited by the aforementioned strategies, everyday investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Cutera, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUTR) is no exception.