Hedge Funds Are Betting On Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (MNTA) – Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AVNR), Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co. (HITK)

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Is Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA) an exceptional investment now? Prominent investors are buying. The number of long hedge fund positions improved by 5 in recent months.

Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action regarding Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA).

Hedge fund activity in Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA)

In preparation for this year, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 71% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

Of the funds we track, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management had the most valuable position in Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA), worth close to $47.2 million, accounting for 1.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich of Scopia Capital, with a $44.8 million position; 1.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that hold long positions include William Leland Edwards’s Palo Alto Investors, Jerome Pfund and Michael Sjostrom’s Sectoral Asset Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Consequently, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Visium Asset Management, managed by Jacob Gottlieb, established the largest position in Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA). Visium Asset Management had 47.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $1.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNTA). These stocks are Akorn, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKRX), Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVNR), Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co. (NASDAQ:HITK), Sagent Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:SGNT), and Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND). This group of stocks belong to the drugs – generic industry and their market caps match MNTA’s market cap.

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