Hedge Funds Are Betting On Glaukos Corporation (GKOS)

The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the second quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS).

Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. Our calculations also showed that gkos isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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James Flynn Deerfield Management

Let’s review the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 56% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 8 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GKOS heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with GKOS Positions

The largest stake in Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $37.1 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Deerfield Management with a $37 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Millennium Management, D E Shaw, and Balyasny Asset Management.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, initiated the most outsized position in Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS). Millennium Management had $32 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also made a $17.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, Justin John Ferayorni’s Tamarack Capital Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS). These stocks are Monro, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNRO), Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE:TGS), Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR), and Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOLD). All of these stocks’ market caps resemble GKOS’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
MNRO 10 171029 -3
TGS 9 59002 2
AKR 9 130212 -2
FOLD 30 761559 3
Average 14.5 280451 0

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 14.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $280 million. That figure was $155 million in GKOS’s case. Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOLD) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE:TGS) is the least popular one with only 9 bullish hedge fund positions. Glaukos Corporation (NYSE:GKOS) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard FOLD might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.